Effects of Gamma Irradiation on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Wild Silkworms and Bombyx Mori Silk Fibroin Films
The structure and mechanical properties of A. yamamai, A. perny and B. mori silk fibroin films irradiated by gamma ray with various doses of 0, 25, 50, 100 and 200 kGy, respectively were determined by XRD, FT-IR, DSC and Instron 3365 equipment. Results showed that the aggregation structure and molecular conformation of A. yamamai, A. perny and B. mori silk fibroin films irradiated by gamma ray with those doses mentioned above were not significantly changed. However, with the increase of radiation intensity, the thermal stability of silk fibroin films declined slightly, and the breaking strength and extensibility reduced significantly, due to the breakdown of parts of secondary bonds and covalent bonds. These results suggested that, when these silk fibroin materials were sterilized by gamma irradiation, smaller radiation doses should be used, otherwise irreversible damages on these materials would be caused.
Huaiying Zhou, Tianlong Gu, Daoguo Yang, Zhengyi Jiang, Jianmin Zeng
S. Y. Xiong et al., "Effects of Gamma Irradiation on the Structure and Mechanical Properties of Wild Silkworms and Bombyx Mori Silk Fibroin Films", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 197-198, pp. 27-31, 2011