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Silk, the bio-nanocomposite: Findings from high-speed impact

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Spider and silkworm silks fascinate materials scientists due to their extraordinary mechanical properties despite being produced from renewable feedstock under ambient conditions. Recent applications of classic material characterisation techniques have offered additional insight into the physics behind these properties. Specifically, I will discuss recent experiments that use ballistic impact and laser acoustic measurements to obtain high-rate / high-frequency properties, and the relevance of these results to the material modelling and evolutionary significance of silks.

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