Journal of Materials Science

, Volume 43, Issue 17, pp 5891–5897 | Cite as

Impact of beta radiation on the strength of Steatoda triangulosa spider silk

  • E. M. PogozelskiEmail author
  • D. C. Abramo
  • L. Papasergi
  • B. D. See
  • C. M. Kieffer
  • S. J. Padalino


Silk from the spider Steatoda triangulosa is harvested, and samples are subjected to various doses of beta radiation using a scanning electron microscope (SEM). Irradiated and unirradiated samples are destructively tested to determine the stress–strain characteristics. From these data, the strength of the irradiated silk is determined as a function of dose.


Tritium Spider Silk Inertial Confinement Fusion Unirradiated Sample Dragline Silk 



This work was funded in part by the US Department of Energy and the Laboratory for Laser Energetics. The authors would like to thank T. Craig Sangster and Mark Bonino of LLE for their assistance with issues related to ICF targets and spider silk handling. We would like to thank Dr. Anne Moore of the University of the Pacific for guidance in the measurement of force in spider silks. We would like to thank Clint Cross, Hui Jiang, and Bill Becker of SUNY Geneseo for assistance with equipment assembly, and testing. We would like to thank Dr. James McLean for assistance with calibration of the SEM.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. M. Pogozelski
    • 1
    Email author
  • D. C. Abramo
    • 1
  • L. Papasergi
    • 1
  • B. D. See
    • 1
  • C. M. Kieffer
    • 1
  • S. J. Padalino
    • 1
  1. 1.SUNY GeneseoGeneseoUSA

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