Revisit to Swelling Kinetics of Gels

  • Kenji UrayamaEmail author
  • Naoki Murata
  • Shoji Nosaka
  • Masahiro Kojima
  • Toshikazu Takigawa
Part of the Progress in Colloid and Polymer Science book series (PROGCOLLOID, volume 136)


The swelling and shrinking dynamics of the gels with a wide variety of aspect ratios is experimentally investigated. As the aspect ratio becomes sufficiently larger or smaller than unity, the swelling kinetics asymptotically approaches that of infinitely long cylinders or infinitely large disks, respectively. The characteristic times of the infinitely long cylinders and infinitely large disks are compared to the predictions of the classical Li-Tanaka model and its modified models.


Gels Swelling Shrinking 



This work was partly supported by a Grant-in-Aid for Scientific Research on Priority Area “Soft Matter Physics” (No. 19031014) from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) of Japan. This research was also supported in part by the Global COE Program “International Center for Integrated Research and Advanced Education in Materials Science” (No. B-09) of MEXT of Japan, administrated by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kenji Urayama
    • 1
    Email author
  • Naoki Murata
  • Shoji Nosaka
  • Masahiro Kojima
  • Toshikazu Takigawa
  1. 1.Department of Material ChemistryKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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