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Viscoelasticity – the sticky secret of spider webs

Andy Extance – Oct 6, 2010

This year spiders' glycoprotein web adhesives have been shown to possess viscoelastic properties, as pressure sensitive adhesives do. Could formulators learn from them? Orb-weaving spiders have evolved the ability to make webs whose secret weapon is the material property known as viscoelasticity. Because that property is shared with many everyday adhesive products, specifically pressure sensitive adhesives (PSAs), it can be easy to think of as unremarkable.

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