Researchers at the University of Cambridge used X-ray Computed Tomography and Simpleware software to characterize the elastic properties of natural biocomposites. These biocomposites (including bone, sponge spicules, fish scales, and shells) have unique properties to dissipate energy, bend under force, and protect other material phases from harm. Analysis of these properties can tell us about solutions for structural support, reinforcement, and absorption of impact energy.
This project particularly looked at bivalve mollusks. These aquatic organisms are highly adaptive to their environments and can provide insights into biological compatibility and strength for applications such as bone implants.