Quasistatic and continuous dynamic characterization of the mechanical properties of silk from the cobweb of the black widow spider Latrodectus hesperus

@article{Blackledge2005QuasistaticAC,
  title={Quasistatic and continuous dynamic characterization of the mechanical properties of silk from the cobweb of the black widow spider Latrodectus hesperus},
  author={Todd A. Blackledge and J. E. Swindeman and Cheryl Y. Hayashi},
  journal={Journal of Experimental Biology},
  year={2005},
  volume={208},
  pages={1937 - 1949}
}
SUMMARY Spider silks are among the strongest and toughest known materials, but investigation of these remarkable properties has been confined largely to orb-weaving spiders. We investigated the mechanical performance of silk from the cobweb-weaving spider Latrodectus hesperus. Both silk from the scaffolding region of the web and sticky gumfooted capture lines had material properties similar to the major ampullate silk that orb weavers use as the framework for their orb webs. Major ampullate… 
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