Experimental study on the mechanical properties of the horn sheaths from cattle.

@article{Li2010ExperimentalSO,
  title={Experimental study on the mechanical properties of the horn sheaths from cattle.},
  author={Binfeng Li and Hai Ping Zhao and Xiaoli Feng and Wei Guo and Susan Chenyu Shan},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2010},
  volume={213 3},
  pages={479-86}
}
Bovine horn is composed of a sheath of keratin overlying a bony core. Previous studies of the bovine horn sheath have focused mainly on its morphology and compositions. In the present paper, we performed a series of uniaxial tension, three-point bending, and fracture tests to investigate the structural and mechanical properties of the horn sheaths from subadult cattle, Bos taurus. The effects of hydration on the mechanical properties were examined and their variations along the longitudinal… CONTINUE READING