Elastin as a random‐network elastomer: A mechanical and optical analysis of single elastin fibers

@article{Aaron1981ElastinAA,
  title={Elastin as a random‐network elastomer: A mechanical and optical analysis of single elastin fibers},
  author={B. Aaron and J. Gosline},
  journal={Biopolymers},
  year={1981},
  volume={20}
}
The physical properties of single, 5–8‐μm diameter, water‐swollen elastin fibers have been investigated on a microtest apparatus attached to a polarizing microscope. Analysis of the mechanical and optical properties at extensions below 100% indicate that the elastic modulus (G) has a value of 4.1 × 105 N m−2, the average molecular weight of chains between crosslinks is in the range of 6000–7100, and the stress optical coefficient (C′) is 1 × 10−9 m2 N−1 at 24°C. Analysis of the temperature… Expand
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