Material properties of arthropod cuticles: The arthrodial membranes

  title={Material properties of arthropod cuticles: The arthrodial membranes},
  author={H. Hepburn and H. Chandler},
  journal={Journal of comparative physiology},
  • H. Hepburn, H. Chandler
  • Published 2004
  • Chemistry
  • Journal of comparative physiology
  • Summary1.On the basis of tensile mechanical properties fibre-reinforced arthropod cuticles can be classified into two main types: one in which the stiffness is provided mainly by the matrix and the other in which stiffness derives largely from the chitin fibres.2.These two types of cuticle can be related directly to function: the former is relatively hard and stiff and typical of sclerites and thus imparts skeletal rigidity and chiefly subserves a protective function, the latter gives rise to… CONTINUE READING
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