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Spider silk: A natural marvel of mechanical and structural strength

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Gatwiri Jane and Kamweru Paul Kuria
ยป doi: 10.33472/AFJBS.3.4.2021.1-16


The spider silk fibers have unique high performance properties that make it a desirable model for artificial fibers and its performance under benign conditions has important implications for biomimicry. It has tensile strengths comparable to steel and some are nearly as elastic as rubber on a weight to weight basis. The spider spins its silk at ambient temperatures, low pressures and with water as solvent. Spiders are ectotherms and the ambient temperature affects the spinning speed and the mechanical and structural properties of the silk spun.

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