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Local mechanical properties of the head articulation cuticle in the beetle Pachnoda marginata (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae)
SUMMARY Insect exoskeleton (cuticle) has a broad range of mechanical properties depending on the function of a particular structure of the skeleton. Structure and mechanical properties of theExpand
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Composite structure of the crystalline epicuticular wax layer of the slippery zone in the pitchers of the carnivorous plant Nepenthes alata and its effect on insect attachment
SUMMARY The slippery zone situated below the peristome inside pitchers of most carnivorous plants from the genus Nepenthes is covered with a thick layer of epicuticular wax. This slippery zone isExpand
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Towards a micromechanical understanding of biological surface devices
Abstract Interesting analogies exist between the science of materials in small dimensions and the mechanics of biological systems. In both instances, mechanical forces and displacements are measuredExpand
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Exploring biological surfaces by nanoindentation
With the help of instrumented indentation, the mechanical behavior of a variety of biological systems was studied: the waxy zone of the pitcher plant (Nephenthes alata) adapted for attachmentExpand
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Nanoindentation studies on crosslinking and curing effects of PDMS
Abstract Nanoindentation testing was used to investigate the mechanical properties of PDMS focusing on two aspects: Firstly, the results give a comprehensive overview of the mechanical behavior ofExpand
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Softening of nanostructured Al–Zn and Al–Mg alloys after severe plastic deformation
Abstract The microstructure and hardness of binary Al–Zn and Al–Mg alloys were studied both in the as-cast state and after high-pressure torsion (HPT) with 5 torsions (shear strain about 6). The sizeExpand
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Mechanical properties of a single gecko seta
Abstract Measurements of the stress – strain response of hairlike gecko setae are presented. These setae have diameters in the micron range and are part of the attachment organs that enable lizardsExpand
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In situ indentation testing of elastomers
Abstract The development of the contact is crucial in indentation testing, yet only limited knowledge exists on the true contact size for compliant materials. In this investigation the contactExpand
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Determination of the Real Indenter Shape for Nanoindentation/Nanotribology Tests by Surface Metrological and Analytical Investigations
In this paper a critical comparison of different kinds of surface metrological methods like atomic force microscopy (AFM), scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and optical interferometric profilometryExpand
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Mechanical properties of modern calcite- (Mergerlia truncata) and phosphate-shelled brachiopods (Discradisca stella and Lingula anatina) determined by nanoindentation.
We measured distribution patterns of hardness and elastic modulus by nanoindentation on shells of the rhynchonelliform brachiopod Mergerlia truncata and the linguliform brachiopods Discradisca stellaExpand
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