Compliant threads maximize spider silk connection strength and toughness.

Abstract

Millions of years of evolution have adapted spider webs to achieve a range of functionalities, including the well-known capture of prey, with efficient use of material. One feature that has escaped extensive investigation is the silk-on-silk connection joints within spider webs, particularly from a structural mechanics perspective. We report a joint… (More)
DOI: 10.1098/rsif.2014.0561

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