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DoITPoMS Teaching & Learning Packages Elasticity in Biological Materials

Elasticity in Biological Materials

This teaching and learning package (TLP) discusses the elasticity of biological materials. Whilst some show Hookean elasticity, the vast majority do not. Non-linear elasticity is considered, in particular J-shaped and S-shaped curves. Viscoelasticity is also discussed, using hair and spiders' silk as examples.


First created: April 2006. "Going further" updated: January 2008