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      Mechanical strength; tropical barnacle; marine; man-made material

    • Abstract


      Compressive and adhesive strengths of 7 barnacles endemic to Bombay shore were ascertained by using Instron universal testing machine. The adhesive strengths of balanid species settled on man-made materials like bakelite, asbestos, perspex, rubber, glass and teflon were determined. The adhesion on teflon was found to be the poorest. Comments are made on the compressive strengths of barnacles and their shell macrostructures. A need for the adoption of uniform method of the preparation of shell samples as well as of instrumental technique has been suggested for computing fresh data for the representative species.

    • Author Affiliations


      A A Karande1 M Udhayakumar1

      1. Biology Division, Naval Chemical and Metallurgical Laboratory, Tiger Gate, Bombay - 400 023, India
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