Conch-inspired material may find use protecting humans

Conch-inspired material may find use protecting humans

Conch shells may be pretty, but they’re also tough Although sea shells of various types have been studied as sources of inspiration for impact-resistant manmade materials, the conch shell is known for being particularly tough. And while the reason for its toughness was already understood, it hadn’t been replicated using engineered materials – until now, that is. The conch shell is made up of three layers, with the grain running in a different direction in each one. This means that when it’s subjected to an impact, cracks can’t just run straight through it. Instead, they have to follow a […]

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