Finite Element Analysis of Nacre
Nacre, a material commonly found in mollusk shells, displays remarkable fracture toughness when compared to the mineral that comprises 95% of its weight. This toughness can be attributed to a unique microstructure that contains mineral platelets and an organic protein matrix. The mechanical behavior of this composite material is not fully understood, and existing mathematical models require severe assumptions about the interaction between the mineral and protein phases. Finite element analysis is the best method available to investigate the complex behavior of this material. Abaqus®, a finite ...
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