The speed of sound in silk: linking material performance to biological function

Beth Mortimer, Shira Gordon, Chris Holland, Clive Siviour, Fritz Vollrath, James Windmill

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Abstract

Sonic properties of spider silks are measured independent of the web using laser vibrometry and ballistic impact providing insights into Nature's design of functionalized high-performance materials. Through comparison to cocoon silk and other industrial fibers, we find that major ampullate silk has the largest wavespeed range of any known material.
LanguageEnglish
Pages5179-5183
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Volume26
Issue number30
Early online date6 Jun 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2014

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Keywords

  • signalling
  • resonance
  • vibration
  • web
  • silk

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Mortimer, Beth ; Gordon, Shira ; Holland, Chris ; Siviour, Clive ; Vollrath, Fritz ; Windmill, James. / The speed of sound in silk : linking material performance to biological function. In: Advanced Materials. 2014 ; Vol. 26, No. 30. pp. 5179-5183.
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The speed of sound in silk : linking material performance to biological function. / Mortimer, Beth; Gordon, Shira; Holland, Chris; Siviour, Clive; Vollrath, Fritz; Windmill, James.

In: Advanced Materials, Vol. 26, No. 30, 13.08.2014, p. 5179-5183.

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