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Swelling of Gels and Diffusion of Molecules

  • Yong Li
  • T. Tanaka
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Physics book series (SPPHY, volume 52)

Abstract

The kinetics of swelling and shrinking of gels is studied. A new relation, in addition to the differential equation developed by Tanaka and Fillmore, is formulated to solve the kinetics of gels having arbitrary shape. The gel kinetics is described as a combination of the collective diffusion with finite rate and immediate relaxation of shear deformation. The relation demonstrates the fundamental differences between the gel kinetics and the molecules diffusion process. The difference is a direct result of the existence of the shear modulus of the gel network system. Some interesting details of our theory are further discussed.

Keywords

Shear Modulus Diffusion Process Shear Process Pure Diffusion Longitudinal Modulus 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Yong Li
    • 1
  • T. Tanaka
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Physics and Center for Material Science and EngineeringMassachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA

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