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Title: A novel multiphysic model for simulation of swelling equilibrium of ionized thermal-stimulus responsive hydrogels
Authors: Li, H. 
Wang, X.
Yan, G.
Lam, K.Y. 
Cheng, S.
Zou, T.
Zhuo, R.
Issue Date: 14-Mar-2005
Citation: Li, H., Wang, X., Yan, G., Lam, K.Y., Cheng, S., Zou, T., Zhuo, R. (2005-03-14). A novel multiphysic model for simulation of swelling equilibrium of ionized thermal-stimulus responsive hydrogels. Chemical Physics 309 (2-3) : 201-208. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: In this paper, a novel multiphysic mathematical model is developed for simulation of swelling equilibrium of ionized temperature sensitive hydrogels with the volume phase transition, and it is termed the multi-effect-coupling thermal-stimulus (MECtherm) model. This model consists of the steady-state Nernst-Planck equation, Poisson equation and swelling equilibrium governing equation based on the Flory's mean field theory, in which two types of polymer-solvent interaction parameters, as the functions of temperature and polymer-network volume fraction, are specified with or without consideration of the hydrogen bond interaction. In order to examine the MECtherm model consisting of nonlinear partial differential equations, a meshless Hermite-Cloud method is used for numerical solution of one-dimensional swelling equilibrium of thermal-stimulus responsive hydrogels immersed in a bathing solution. The computed results are in very good agreements with experimental data for the variation of volume swelling ratio with temperature. The influences of the salt concentration and initial fixed-charge density are discussed in detail on the variations of volume swelling ratio of hydrogels, mobile ion concentrations and electric potential of both interior hydrogels and exterior bathing solution. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Chemical Physics
ISSN: 03010104
DOI: 10.1016/j.chemphys.2004.09.010
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