Self-recovery and fatigue of double-network gels with permanent and reversible bonds

Aleksey D. Drozdov, Jesper de Claville Christiansen, Necmi Dusunceli, Catalina Gabriela Sanporean

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Double-network (DN) gels subjected to cyclic deformation (stretching up to a fixed strain followed by retraction down to the zero stress) demonstrate a monotonic decrease in strain with time (self-recovery). Observations show that the duration of total recovery varies in a wide interval (from a few minutes to several days depending on composition of the gel), and this time is strongly affected by deformation history. A model is developed for the kinetics of self-recovery. Its ability to describe stress–strain diagrams in cyclic tests with various periods of recovery is confirmed by comparison with observations on several DN gels. Numerical simulation reveals pronounced enhancement of fatigue resistance in multi-cycle tests with stress- and strain-controlled programs when subsequent cycles of deformation are interrupted by intervals of recovery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)438-453
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Polymer Science, Part B: Polymer Physics
Issue number8
StatePublished - 15 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • double-network gel
  • fatigue
  • multi-cycle deformation
  • self-recovery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Physical and Theoretical Chemistry
  • Polymers and Plastics
  • Materials Chemistry


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