Study on the mechanical properties of different silkworm silk fibers

Cheung, Hoi-Yan and Ho, Mei-po and Lau, Kin-tak and Mosallam, Ayman (2009) Study on the mechanical properties of different silkworm silk fibers. Journal of Composite Materials, 43 (22). pp. 2521-2531. ISSN 0021-9983


Mechanical properties of Bombyx mori, twisted B. mori, and
Tussah silk fibers were investigated. Their ultimate tensile strength, elongation at break, and Young’s modulus were examined by performing a uniaxial tensile test on a single fiber. Scanning electron microscopy was used to observe the morphology of two different types of silk fiber, and to measure their apparent diameters from which the cross-sectional area of the silk fiber for stress - strain analysis can be determined. Based on experimental results obtained, it was found that Tussah silk fiber has a relatively high extensibility as compared to B. mori silk fiber and other natural fibers. Weibull analysis was also used to quantify tensile strength reproducibility of the silk fiber. Both single and twisted B. mori silk fibers have a better reproducibility of tensile properties than Tussah silk fiber.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher's copyright restrictions.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - No Department
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2011 11:30
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2014 06:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: silkworm silk fiber; mechanical properties; Weibull analysis; surface analysis
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091202 Composite and Hybrid Materials
10 Technology > 1003 Industrial Biotechnology > 100302 Bioprocessing, Bioproduction and Bioproducts
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 83 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 8399 Other Animal Production and Animal Primary Products > 839999 Animal Production and Animal Primary Products not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/0021998309345347

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