Model for the robust mechanical behavior of nacre

  title={Model for the robust mechanical behavior of nacre},
  author={Anthony G. Evans and Zhigang Suo},
The inelastic deformation of nacre that leads to its structural robustness has been characterized in a recent experimental study. This article develops a model for the inelastic behavior, measured in tension, along the axis of the aragonite plates. The model is based on observations for abalone nacre that the inelasticity is associated with periodic dilatation bands. These bands contain coordinated separations at the periphery of the plates. The separations open as the material strains. The… CONTINUE READING
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