Deformation mechanisms in nacre

@article{Wang2001DeformationMI,
  title={Deformation mechanisms in nacre},
  author={R. Z. Wang and Zhigang Suo and Anthony. G. Evans and Nan Yao and Ilhan A. Aksay},
  journal={Journal of Materials Research},
  year={2001},
  volume={16},
  pages={2485-2493}
}
  • R. Wang, Z. Suo, I. Aksay
  • Published 1 September 2001
  • Materials Science
  • Journal of Materials Research
Nacre (mother-of-pearl) from mollusc shells is a biologically formed lamellar ceramic. The inelastic deformation of this material has been experimentally examined, with a focus on understanding the underlying mechanisms. Slip along the lamellae tablet interface has been ascertained by testing in compression with the boundaries oriented at 45° to the loading axis. The steady-state shear resistance tss has been determined and inelastic strain shown to be as high as 8%. The inelastic deformation… 
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