The speed of sound in silk: linking material performance to biological function

Beth Mortimer, Shira Gordon, Chris Holland, Clive Siviour, Fritz Vollrath, James Windmill

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Sonic properties of spider silks are measured independent of the web using laser vibrometry and ballistic impact providing insights into Nature's design of functionalized high-performance materials. Through comparison to cocoon silk and other industrial fibers, we find that major ampullate silk has the largest wavespeed range of any known material.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5179-5183
Number of pages5
JournalAdvanced Materials
Issue number30
Early online date6 Jun 2014
Publication statusPublished - 13 Aug 2014


  • signalling
  • resonance
  • vibration
  • web
  • silk

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