Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 25, Issue 7, pp 3173–3178 | Cite as

Comparison of nacre with other ceramic composites

  • A. P. Jackson
  • J. F. V. Vincent
  • R. M. Turner


Mother-of-pearl, the highly filled ceramic composite of mollusc shell, is compared with other, less highly filled, artificial ceramics. Stiffness is fairly simply related to volume fraction of ceramic, but no model seems to be adequate to describe this relationship. Strength, stress-intensity factor and the work of fracture are also dependent on the ceramic content but in a much more complex manner. Nacre has the highest value for all these parameters.


Polymer Ceramic Composite Complex Manner Mollusc Shell Ceramic Content 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. P. Jackson
    • 1
  • J. F. V. Vincent
    • 1
  • R. M. Turner
    • 2
  1. 1.Biomechanics Group, Department of Pure and Applied ZoologyThe University, WhiteknightsReadingUK
  2. 2.ICI plcWilton Materials Research CentreWiltonUK

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