Tough as scales
April 14, 2020
This article appeared in Berkeley Engineer magazine, Spring 2020
Even the razor-sharp teeth of piranhas can’t penetrate the scales of the Amazonian freshwater fish, Arapaima gigas. Now, a new study from Robert Ritchie, professor of materials science and engineering and of mechanical engineering, working in collaboration with researchers at UC San Diego, has determined exactly what makes these scales so incredibly tough, yet still lightweight and flexible.
Topics: Faculty, Materials science, Mechanical engineering, Research