Finding inspiration in argiope trifasciata spider silk fibers
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- Elices, M., Guinea, G.V., Pérez-Rigueiro, J. et al. JOM (2005) 57: 60. doi:10.1007/s11837-005-0218-7
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The outstanding mechanical properties of silk fibers from the spider Argiope trifasciata are reviewed in this article, particularly the tensile behavior under controlled humidity and temperature. Samples obtained by forced silking showed a remarkable reproducibility. A novel procedure, wet stretching, developed by the authors, promises to shed light on the spinning of artificial silk fibers.