Smart Hydrogels Developed with Inter-Crosslinking Network (ICN) Structure
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Hydrogels have low frictional properties, permeability and biocompatibility thanks to their high water content. However the problem of common gels is their brittleness as industrial materials. In the last decade, several high-strength gels have been developed, promising for applications of gels as new smart industrial materials. Here we study the smartness of novel ultrahigh ductile gels having Inter-Crosslinking Network (ICN), focusing on mechanical properties and structure. Three types of mesh densities of the ICN gels were experimentally determined from the size of internal structure, water content and Young's modulus of tensile test. By comparing the three mesh densities, the relation between the network structure and mechanical properties of the gels is possibly discussed. The new way to evaluate the ductility of the ICN gels was also introduced on the analogy of the small-world network model. The effect of the degree of polymerization on the ductility was discussed.
- Journal of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering
Journal of Solid Mechanics and Materials Engineering 7(2), 245-250, 2013
The Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers