Design complexity and fracture control in the equine hoof wall.

@article{Kasapi1997DesignCA,
  title={Design complexity and fracture control in the equine hoof wall.},
  author={M A Kasapi and John M. Gosline},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1997},
  volume={200 Pt 11},
  pages={1639-59}
}
Morphological and mechanical studies were conducted on samples of equine hoof wall to help elucidate the relationship between form and function of this complex, hierarchically organized structure. Morphological findings indicated a dependence of tubule size, shape and helical alignment of intermediate filaments (IFs) within the lamellae on the position through the wall thickness. The plane of the intertubular IFs changed from perpendicular to the tubule axis in the inner wall to almost parallel… CONTINUE READING
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