Modeling the response of double-network gels with sacrificial junctions under swelling

A. D. Drozdov

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Constitutive equations are derived for the time- and rate-dependent response of double-network gels under three-dimensional deformation with finite strains accompanied by swelling. The polymer network of a gel involves permanent and transient components. Chains in the permanent network are bridged by covalent cross-links, while chains in the transient network are connected by temporary junctions that break and restore under loading. The model is applied to the analysis of tensile cyclic tests and relaxation tests on fully swollen specimens and constrained water uptake tests on as-prepared samples. Good agreement is demonstrated between experimental data and results of simulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)175-188
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal of Solids and Structures
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Double network gel
  • Swelling
  • Transient network
  • Viscoelasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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