Structural design inspired by beetle elytra and its mechanical properties

  title={Structural design inspired by beetle elytra and its mechanical properties},
  author={Ce Guo and Wen Song and Zhendong Dai},
  journal={Chinese Science Bulletin},
  • Ce Guo, Wen Song, Z. Dai
  • Published 25 February 2012
  • Materials Science, Engineering
  • Chinese Science Bulletin
On the basis of the microstructure of the cross-section of a beetle’s elytra, three bio-inspired lightweight structures were designed and built from acrylonitrile butadiene styrene plastic with a three-dimensional printer. The mechanical properties of three lightweight structures were analyzed and compared employing the finite element method, and quasi-static compression experiments and a three-point bending test on the structure samples were carried out using an electronic universal testing… 
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