The mechanical design of grass
- Julian F. V. Vincent
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Grass can be modelled satisfactorily as an orientated fibrous composite. The fibres account for 90 to 95 % of the longitudinal stiffness. The grass leaf shows little or no notch sensitivity together with a specific work-of-fracture of approximately 30 Jm−2. This probably affects the way in which animals gather grass when they feed on it.
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- The mechanical design of grass
Journal of Materials Science
Volume 17, Issue 3 , pp 856-860
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