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Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
Nacre from mollusk shell is a high-performance natural composite composed of microscopic mineral tablets bonded by a tough biopolymer. Under tensile stress, the tablets slide on one another in a highly controlled fashion, which makes nacre 3000 times tougher than the mineral it is made of. Significant efforts have led to nacre-like materials, but none can yet match this amount of toughness amplification. This article presents the first synthetic material that successfully duplicates thedoi:10.1007/978-1-4614-0219-0_25 fatcat:xdu3oaedcvhvpnfspwueglpb7a