Bone membrane inspires fabric with smart stress-strain properties

Periosteum is a membrane of soft tissue that covers the outer surface of most bones in the body. Consisting of a complex combination of collagen, elastin and other structural proteins, it is an incredibly resilient material that gives bones extra strength under high impacts. Now, for the first time, researchers have mimicked these properties in a “smart” fabric that could serve as the basis for advanced functional materials with applications in everything from safety and transport, to medicine.

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