The world's new strongest natural material: Limpet teeth (page 3)

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Limpets are aquatic hard-shelled snails that spend most of their life clinging to a rocky surface and scraping that surface for food with countless tiny teeth. A team of UK engineers has recently discovered that rock-scraping limpet teeth are actually made from the strongest natural material ever tested, according to their report in the journal Interface. Stress tests performed by the team confirmed that limpet teeth are made from a material five times stronger than spider's silk the previous world's strongest natural material. The team added that the tooth material is almost as strong as the strongest synthetic materials. A source of inspiration Team member Asa Barber, currently with the University of Portsmouth, noted that the investigations of the teeth could lead to more robust synthetic materials. "Biology is a great source of inspiration as an engineer," he told the BBC. "These teeth are made up of very small fibers, put together in a particula

The world's new strongest natural material: Limpet teeth

Step aside, spider silk: the strongest material in the world can be found inside the mouths of rock-dwelling marine gastropods.

Wed 18 Feb 15 from CNET Crave

Sea snail teeth set record as world's strongest material

Brooks HaysPORTSMOUTH, England, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- The natural composite material that forms the teeth of limpets -- "limpet" is the informal name for all aquatic snails -- is the strongest in ...

Wed 18 Feb 15 from UPI

Limpet teeth: The world's strongest natural material

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Limpets are aquatic hard-shelled snails that spend most of their life clinging to a rocky surface and scraping that surface for food with ...

Wed 18 Feb 15 from RedOrbit

Scientists find strongest natural material known to humans

Limpet teeth might be the strongest natural material known to humans, a new study has found. Limpets -- small aquatic snail-like creatures with conical shells -- have teeth with biological structures ...

Tue 17 Feb 15 from ScienceDaily

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