Paper Title:
Fiber-Complected and Reeled Microstructure of Insect Cuticle and Biomimetic Fabrication
  Abstract

A scanning electron microscope (SEM) was used for the observation of the microstructures of a chafer cuticle. It showed that the cuticle is a kind of biocomposite consisting of complected chitin-fiber plies and sclerous protein matrix. The observation also showed that there are many holes in the cuticle and the complected fibers continuously reel these holes forming a kind of fiber-complected and reeled microstructure. Based on the SEM observation, a kind of biomimetic composite laminate with complected and reeled structure was fabricated with a special mould and process. The ultimate strength of the obtained biomimetic composite laminate was experimentally investigated and compared with that of the conventional drilling-hole composite laminate. It showed that the ultimate strength of the biomimetic composite laminate is markedly larger than that of the drilling-hole composite laminate.

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Periodical
Key Engineering Materials (Volumes 447-448)
Edited by
Jianhong Zhao, Masanori Kunieda, Guilin Yang and Xue-Ming Yuan
Pages
639-642
DOI
10.4028/www.scientific.net/KEM.447-448.639
Citation
B. Chen, Q. Yuan, J. Luo, "Fiber-Complected and Reeled Microstructure of Insect Cuticle and Biomimetic Fabrication", Key Engineering Materials, Vols. 447-448, pp. 639-642, 2010
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September 2010
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