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Journal: Journal of Experimental Biology
J Exp Biol (2015) 218 (17): 2806–2814.
Published: 1 September 2015
.... The material properties of the cuticle were evaluated by a Kelvin–Voigt analysis of compliance determined from the stretch of loops of cuticle under stress. There was a 3-fold increase in cuticle dry mass during the first 3 weeks post-moult, during which the ductility and stiffness of the cuticle increased...