Simple micromechanical model of protein crystals for their mechanical characterizations

G. Yoon, K. Eom, S. Na

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Proteins have been known to perform the excellent mechanical functions and exhibit the remarkable mechanical properties such as high fracture toughness in spider silk protein [1]. This indicates that the mechanical characterization of protein molecules and/or crystals is very essential to understand such remarkable mechanical function of protein molecules. In this study, for gaining insight into mechanical behavior of protein crystals, we developed the micromechanical model by using the empirical potential field prescribed to alpha carbon atoms of a protein crystal in a unit cell. We consider the simple protein crystals for their mechanical behavior under tensile loading to be compared with full atomic models

Original languageEnglish
Article number05001
JournalEPJ Web of Conferences
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Jun 9
Event14th International Conference on Experimental Mechanics, ICEM 2014 - Poitiers, France
Duration: 2010 Jul 42010 Jul 9

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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