The impact behaviour of silk cocoons.

@article{Chen2013TheIB,
  title={The impact behaviour of silk cocoons.},
  author={Fujia Chen and Thomas Hesselberg and David Porter and Fritz Vollrath},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={2013},
  volume={216 Pt 14},
  pages={
          2648-57
        }
}
Silk cocoons, constructed by silkmoths (Lepidoptera), are protective structural composites. Some cocoons appear to have evolved towards structural and material optimisation in order to sustain impact strikes from predators and hinder parasite ingress. This study investigates the protective properties of silk cocoons with different morphologies by evaluating their impact resistance and damage tolerance. Finite element analysis was used to analyse empirical observations of the quasi-static impact… CONTINUE READING

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