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Comparing the rheology of native spider and silkworm spinning dope.

Abstract:

Silk production has evolved to be energetically efficient and functionally optimized, yielding a material that can outperform most industrial fibres, particularly in toughness. Spider silk has hitherto defied all attempts at reproduction, despite advances in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind its superb mechanical properties. Spun fibres, natural and man-made, rely on the extrusion process to facilitate molecular orientation and bonding. Hence a full understanding of the flo...

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10.1038/nmat1762

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Oxford, MPLS, Zoology
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Journal:
Nature materials
Volume:
5
Issue:
11
Pages:
870-874
Publication date:
2006-11-05
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EISSN:
1476-4660
ISSN:
1476-1122
URN:
uuid:3f9bed08-5d48-474c-98fe-5cf920b53ffa
Source identifiers:
209519
Local pid:
pubs:209519

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