Mechanics of Arthropod Cuticle-Versatility by Structural and Compositional Variation

  title={Mechanics of Arthropod Cuticle-Versatility by Structural and Compositional Variation},
  author={Yael Politi and Benny Bar-On and Helge Otto Fabritius},
  journal={Architectured Materials in Nature and Engineering},
The arthropod cuticle may be seen as a multifunctional material displaying a wide range of physical properties. The materials properties of the cuticle are brought about by compositional and structural gradients at multiple hierarchical levels. In the following chapter we first discuss the main components of the cuticle, namely, chitin, proteins, water, mineral and tanning agents and their relevance in determining the mechanical properties of the cuticle. We then describe the hierarchical… 

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