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Wit Transactions on Ecology and The Environment
Spiders, with their ultra-optimized spinning process, are able to produce superfibers with remarkable mechanical properties. The precursor material is a lyotropic nematic liquid crystalline anisotropic fluid. The mechanical properties and processability of the silk fiber are intimately connected to the structural transition undergone by this ordered fluid through the spinning pathway. In this work we study a complex mesoscopic structure present in the extrusion duct of spiders' spinning glands,doi:10.2495/dn060121 fatcat:ijjhlwufd5a5bhb5ka5l45znwu