|About this Abstract
||2016 TMS Annual Meeting & Exhibition
||Biological Materials Science Symposium
||A Comparison of the Microstructure of Teleost Fish Scales
||Sandra Murcia, Ellen Lavoie, Alex Ossa, Dwayne Arola
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
Most structural materials in nature are composites. They are a combination of organic and inorganic constituents with an arrangement designed to provide the function and mechanical behavior of necessity. In regards to fish scales, past efforts have largely focused on characterizing the mechanical behavior of these materials. The structure responsible for the performance has received far less attention. In this investigation the reinforcement distribution and stacking sequence of scales from three different teleost fish were characterized. A comparison of the scales was performed in an attempt to understand differences in the structure and mechanical behavior, and relate differences with the locomotive and protective needs of the fish. The scales were also compared with respect to anatomical position to distinguish site-specific functional differences. Preliminary results suggest that the volume fraction of reinforcement and number of plies changes with anatomical position and that the stacking sequences are unique amongst fish.
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