Thin "shells" resist impact loading: sea urchins
The hard outer coverings of some sea urchins, called 'tests', allow local deformation that may resist impact loading by incorporating collagen-swathed sutures.
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Strengthening ceramics, mimicking function of sutures in glass to reduce fracture, using fewer materials to manufacture or protect underwater infrastructure.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Ceramics, glass, marine infrastructure