Unusual Materials Properties in Squid Beak

Mar 27, 2008

MCDB Professor Herb Waite and colleagues have discovered a unique materials strategy employed by the Humboldt squid in the makeup of its razor sharp beak. As reported in the journal Science, the tip of the beak is stronger and stiffer than any synthetic polymer, but stiffness is graded from tip to base. The findings may have applications in the design of novel synthetic materials consisting of mechanically mismatched materials.

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