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Capsular Bioelastomers of Whelks

  • Hermann Ehrlich
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Part of the Biologically-Inspired Systems book series (BISY, volume 13)

Abstract

Diverse whelks which represent a group of marine caenogastropod snails localize their embryos in unique biocomposite-based egg capsules. These multilaminate and capsular proteins-containing constructs are highly resilient. Capsular protein possesses comprehensive flexibility with ability to fast recovery which is proved by the decrease in the magnitude of elastic modulus (seeming damage) which starts at 3–5% strain. Take into consideration of the mechanical reaction to strain, this material is dissimilar to typical elastomeric proteins such as elastin or collagen. It is suggested that capsular elastomers possess high biomimetic potential for design and development of novel artificial hybrid materials.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hermann Ehrlich
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  1. 1.Institute of Electronic and Sensor MaterialsTU Bergakademie FreibergFreibergGermany

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