The functional significance of density and distribution of outgrowths on co-opted contact pairs in biological arresting systems

Filippov, Alexander E., Popov, Valentin L. and Gorb, Stanislav (2015) The functional significance of density and distribution of outgrowths on co-opted contact pairs in biological arresting systems Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B-Biological Sciences, 370 (1661).

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Abstract

Microstructures responsible for temporary arresting of contacting surfaces are widely distributed on surfaces in different organisms. Recent morphological studies show that these structures have different density of outgrowths and not ideal distribution pattern on both complementary parts of the contact. One can suggest that this difference is optimized by natural selection to get stronger mechanical arrest within the system. In this paper, we simulate such a system numerically, both in the frames of continuous contact and discrete dynamical models to prove this hypothesis and elucidate other aspects of optimization of such mechanical adhesive systems.

Document Type: Article
Additional Information: Times Cited: 1
Research affiliation: Kiel University > Kiel Marine Science
Kiel University
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R03
OceanRep > The Future Ocean - Cluster of Excellence > FO-R04
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0962-8436
Projects: Future Ocean
Date Deposited: 20 Oct 2016 10:52
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 12:44
URI: http://eprints.uni-kiel.de/id/eprint/32474

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