Structural motifs and elastic properties of hierarchical biological tissues - A review

Benny Bar-On, H. Daniel Wagner

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Recent progress made in the field of hierarchical biological materials is reviewed with an emphasis on the staggering characteristics at the smaller structural scale of a number of tissues. We show by means of selected examples that the small-scale architecture, and particularly the degree of staggering and overlap, plays a critical role in the macroscopic elastic behavior of those tissues.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)149-164
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Structural Biology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Biological composites
  • Hierarchical tissues
  • Staggered architecture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Structural Biology

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