Twisting and bending of biological beams: distribution of biological beams in a stiffness mechanospace.

@article{Etnier2003TwistingAB,
  title={Twisting and bending of biological beams: distribution of biological beams in a stiffness mechanospace.},
  author={Shelley A. Etnier},
  journal={The Biological bulletin},
  year={2003},
  volume={205 1},
  pages={
          36-46
        }
}
Most biological beams bend and twist relatively easily compared to human-made structures. This paper investigates flexibility in 57 diverse biological beams in an effort to identify common patterns in the relationship between flexural stiffness and torsional stiffness. The patterns are investigated by mapping both ideal and biological beams into a mechanospace defined by flexural and torsional stiffness. The distribution of biological beams is not random, but is generally limited to particular… CONTINUE READING
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