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Cuticle provides protection: arthropods

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The cuticle of arthropods provides rigid protection via its composite structure.

FUNCTION
Summary
"What we're calling rigid materials includes a lot of familiar biological items. There's arthropod cuticle, a composite of chitin fibers in some proteinaceous material, with the addition of calcium carbonate salt in the larger crustaceans. In many instances, the fibers are arranged in sheets, each with a specific orientation, rather like plywood." (Vogel 2003:305)
About the inspiring organism
Arthropoda
Arthropoda

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: Strong lightweight building materials that are tolerant to thermal stress, replacement material for plastics, lightweight cars and trucks for transporting goods and people.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Building, materials science, transportation



References
Vogel S. 2003. Comparative Biomechanics: Life's Physical World. Princeton: Princeton University Press. 580 p.
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