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The conch shell as a model for tougher composites

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The conch shell is constructed from 99% chalk (by mass), and yet it is thousands of times tougher than monolithic chalk. Discussed are the toughening mechanisms of how this is realized, and what lessons may be learnt for constructing advanced composite materials.

This talk is part of the Surfaces, Microstructure and Fracture Group series.

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