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Bioinspired Glass Dents Instead Of Shatters, McGill University Reveals



1/30/2014 6:37:19 AM

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Engineers inspired by the mother-of-pearl lining of mollusk shells have found that etching wavy lines in glass can actually give the brittle material the ability to bend and dent instead of shatter.

“Mollusk shells are made up of about 95 percent chalk, which is very brittle in its pure form,” says François Barthelat of the mechanical engineering department at McGill University.

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