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Received Dec 17; Accepted Feb Abstract Silkworm cocoons have evolved a wide range of different structures and combinations of physical and chemical properties in order to cope with different threats and environmental conditions.
We present our observations and measurements on 25 diverse types of cocoons in a first attempt to correlate physical properties with the structure and morphology of the cocoons. These two architectural parameters appear to be far more important than the material properties of the silk fibres themselves.
We consider tensile and compressive mechanical properties and gas permeation of the cocoon walls, and in each case identify mechanisms or models that relate these properties to cocoon structure, usually based upon non-woven fibre composites.
These properties are of relevance also for synthetic non-woven composite materials and our studies will help formulate bio-inspired design principles for new materials.
Introduction Silk materials have received much attention in recent years because of their attractive combinations of mechanical strength and toughness as well as the environmentally benign conditions under which the materials are processed from concentrated protein solutions to solid fibres [ 1 ].
However, silkworm cocoons, which are best known as the main commercial source of silk material primarily for textilesare themselves remarkable natural composite materials.
While the commercial silkworm Bombyx mori has been cultivated by man for about five thousand years, a wide range of wild silkworms have evolved independently over the world over hundreds of thousands of years, and each has a slightly different combination of morphology and properties that have adapted to cope with diverse local environments.
A cocoon is a natural silk composite with a non-woven structure made of continuous silk fibres conglutinated by sericin bonding matrix. As a biological structural material, it has a hierarchical structure that we assume has been optimized through evolutionary pressures over millions of years to provide the optimum protection for the silkworm pupae as they transform into moths, and are exposed to a wide range of threats such as physical attack from animals, birds or insects, or more subtle threats such as bacteria or simply harsh environmental conditions.
The key point here is that they are all, in themselves, optimized for function and that we should be able to learn from this wide range of optimized structure—property—function relations in cocoons.
These cocoons have been cultivated for yield and ease of reeling of the silk fibres and for their whiteness in textiles, so their morphology is an open non-woven form that can be unwound relatively easily after soaking in mild degumming agents.and cocoon traits decline sharply when temperature is high.
Therefore, it is highly pertinent to identify more Bombyx mori L, bivoltine, evaluation, climatic conditions Introduction: The success of sericulture industry depends upon effective selection of desirable characters.
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