Soft-cuticle biomechanics: a constitutive model of anisotropy for caterpillar integument.

  title={Soft-cuticle biomechanics: a constitutive model of anisotropy for caterpillar integument.},
  author={Huai-Ti Lin and A. Dorfmann and B. Trimmer},
  journal={Journal of theoretical biology},
  volume={256 3},
  • Huai-Ti Lin, A. Dorfmann, B. Trimmer
  • Published 2009
  • Materials Science, Medicine
  • Journal of theoretical biology
  • The mechanical properties of soft tissues are important for the control of motion in many invertebrates. Pressurized cylindrical animals such as worms have circumferential reinforcement of the body wall; however, no experimental characterization of comparable anisotropy has been reported for climbing larvae such as caterpillars. Using uniaxial, real-time fluorescence extensometry on millimeter scale cuticle specimens we have quantified differences in the mechanical properties of cuticle to… CONTINUE READING
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