Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 17, Issue 3, pp 856–860

The mechanical design of grass

  • Julian F. V. Vincent

DOI: 10.1007/BF00540384

Cite this article as:
Vincent, J.F.V. J Mater Sci (1982) 17: 856. doi:10.1007/BF00540384


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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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Julian F. V. Vincent
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  1. 1.Biomechanics GroupDepartment of ZoologyWhiteknightsUK