A Review of Insect Exoskeleton Function and Composition
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Publisher:The Ohio State University
Series/Report no.:The Ohio State University. Department of Mechanical Engineering Honors Theses; 2010
Insect exoskeleton is an interesting and complex system that plays both structural and functional roles. It is a composite that consists of many different types of materials and shapes that vary based on its local function. This review of exoskeleton micro- and macro-structure addresses the performance of exoskeleton based on these two factors. Exoskeleton is a composite whose material properties are dependent on its constituents and fiber orientation. At the macro-structural level, exoskeleton's shape can play many roles in local structural and motional functions. The lessons from this review are examined and considered for potential applications in the fields of material fabrication and development and in microrobotics.