The importance of water for the mechanical properties of insect cuticle

@inproceedings{Klocke2011TheIO,
  title={The importance of water for the mechanical properties of insect cuticle},
  author={D. Klocke and H. Schmitz},
  booktitle={Smart Structures and Materials + Nondestructive Evaluation and Health Monitoring},
  year={2011}
}
  • D. Klocke, H. Schmitz
  • Published in
    Smart Structures and…
    2011
  • Materials Science, Engineering
  • Insect cuticle has a broad range of mechanical properties. As it has to provide a very efficient and lightweight skeleton, cuticle is a highly interesting composite-material and may serve as a natural model for new biomimetic materials. However, the water content of insect cuticle is of great importance for its material properties. Here, we present a new method to perform nano-indentation experiments in cuticle which has its full water content. Parts of the exoskeleton of Locusta migratoria… CONTINUE READING

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