Base plate mechanics of the barnacle Balanus amphitrite (=Amphibalanus amphitrite).

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The mechanical properties of barnacle base plates were measured using a punch test apparatus, with the purpose of examining the effect that the base plate flexural rigidity may have on adhesion mechanics. Base plate compliance was measured for 43 Balanus amphitrite (=Amphibalanus amphitrite) barnacles. Compliance measurements were used to determine flexural rigidity (assuming a fixed-edge circular plate approximation) and composite modulus of the base plates. The barnacles were categorized by age and cement type (hard or gummy) for statistical analyses. Barnacles that were 'hard' (> or =70% of the base plate thin, rigid cement) and 'gummy' (>30% of the base plate covered in compliant, tacky cement) showed statistically different composite moduli but did not show a difference in base plate flexural rigidity. The average flexural rigidity for all barnacles was 0.0020 Nm (SEM +/- 0.0003). Flexural rigidity and composite modulus did not differ significantly between 3-month and 14-month-old barnacles. The relatively low flexural rigidity measured for barnacles suggests that a rigid punch approximation is not sufficient to account for the contributions to adhesion mechanics due to flexing of real barnacles during release.

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Cited Authors

  • Ramsay, DB; Dickinson, GH; Orihuela, B; Rittschof, D; Wahl, KJ

Published Date

  • January 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 109 - 118

PubMed ID

  • 18247205

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1029-2454

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0892-7014

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1080/08927010701882112


  • eng