Nanoindentation characterization of the micro-lamellar arrangement of black coral skeleton.

  title={Nanoindentation characterization of the micro-lamellar arrangement of black coral skeleton.},
  author={B A Ju{\'a}rez-de la Rosa and Juan Mu{\~n}oz-Salda{\~n}a and D Torres-Torres and P-L Ardisson and Juan Jose Alvarado-Gil},
  journal={Journal of structural biology},
  volume={177 2},
Black corals (antipatharians) are colonial cnidarians whose branched tree-like skeleton is mostly constituted of chitin fibrils inside a lipoproteic matrix. The skeleton exhibits growth rings formed by chitin layers (micro-lamellae). In order to know the effect of the arrangement microlamellae of chitin of black corals and to improve the understanding of the role of chitin structure in the antipatharian skeleton, the mechanical properties of the skeleton of two black corals, Antipathes… CONTINUE READING
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