Mantis Shrimp Inspires Next Generation of Ultra-Strong Materials

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    Mantis Shrimp Inspires Next Generation of Ultra-Strong Materials



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    Herringbone structure of the outer layer (impact region) of the mantis shrimp dactyl club.

    RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The next generation of airplanes, body armor and football helmets crawled out from under a rock—literally.

    Researchers at the University of California, Riverside and Purdue University are one step closer to developing super strong composite materials, thanks to the mantis shrimp, a small, multicolored marine crustacean that crushes the shells of its prey using a fist-like appendage called a dactyl club.

    Their latest research, to be published in the journal Advanced Materials, describes for the first time a unique herringbone structure, not previously reported in nature, within the appendage’s outer layer. It is this tough herringbone structure that not only protects the club during impact, but also enables the mantis shrimp to inflict incredible damage to its prey.


    More at: https://ucrtoday.ucr.edu/37532
     
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