2012
DOI: 10.1039/c2ra21276e
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Structure and mechanical properties of beetle wings: a review

Abstract: Insects of extremely small size have evolved to solve many problems. Their structure and mechanical properties information can be utilized to mimic them for industrial applications. Since beetle (Coleoptera, an order of insects) wings exhibit special functionalities, they have sparked worldwide research attention. Beetle wings are composed of a forewing (also known as elytron) and a hind wing. The elytra are rigid. A beetle's functional wings, which allow flying, are the hind wings. The elytra have an ingeniou… Show more

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“…They proposed a novel structure, inspired by beetles, which possesses better crashworthy performance inspired by beetles. Aspects of the structure and mechanical properties of beetle wings can also be used for industrial applications (Sun and Bhushan, 2012).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…They proposed a novel structure, inspired by beetles, which possesses better crashworthy performance inspired by beetles. Aspects of the structure and mechanical properties of beetle wings can also be used for industrial applications (Sun and Bhushan, 2012).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Insect surfaces are often hierarchically sculptured by bristles and microvilli [69] and are thus superhydrophobic. The literature on insect surfaces is vast (surveys in [63][64][65][66][67][68][69][70]). …”
Section: (B) Animalsmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…These features make beetle forewings an excellent biological model for our biomimetic research. The work described above has primarily been performed by two research groups: LQ Ren at Jilin University [81][82][83][84][85][86][87][88] and ZD Dai at NUAA [47,[89][90][91]. These groups focused on the surface structures of beetle forewings and their friction properties, applications, and nanometer indentation hardness and energy storage.…”
Section: The Surface-layer Structure Of Beetle Forewings and Their Bimentioning
confidence: 99%