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Title: Animal silks: Fracture mechanism and formation mechanism
Authors: GONG LI
Keywords: Animal silk, Fracture mechanism, Formation mechanism
Issue Date: 12-Aug-2013
Citation: GONG LI (2013-08-12). Animal silks: Fracture mechanism and formation mechanism. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Spider and silkworm silks attract more and more attention from multiple disciplines due to the exceptional mechanical properties, biocompatibility and environment-friendly nature. In this thesis, a Network ? Non-slipping Fibril Bundle (N-NFB) model is put forward to examine one of the most challenging issues, the critical mechanical behavior of spider and silkworm silk fibers at the breakage point. And in order to explain the formation of fibroin nano-fibrils, a model based on the electrostatic confinement is put forward to describe the one-dimensional growth of silk fibroin nano-fibrils formed in aqueous solutions. Finally, shear induced fluctuation enhancement (SIFE) effect is proposed to explain the shear induced fibril formation.
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