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Title: Numerical analysis of soft pH-sensitive hydrogel: Effect of multivalent ionic compositions
Authors: Li, H.
Yew, Y.K. 
Issue Date: Mar-2010
Citation: Li, H., Yew, Y.K. (2010-03). Numerical analysis of soft pH-sensitive hydrogel: Effect of multivalent ionic compositions. Polymer Engineering and Science 50 (3) : 429-439. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Influence of the ionic compositions of bathing solution with multivalences is investigated on the responsive behavior of pH-sensitive hydrogel to environmental change in solution pH. It is based on a chemo-electromechanical formulation, previously termed the multieffect-coupling pH-stimulus (MECpH) model, which is improved in this article by incorporating the finite deformation theory into the mechanical equilibrium. The improved MECpH model consists of the coupled nonlinear partial differential equations, which are solved via a meshless numerical technique called the Hermite-cloud method with the modified Newton iteration. After the MECpH model is examined by comparison between the computational results and experimental data available in literature, several case studies are numerically carried out to discuss the effects of the multivalent ionic compositions of surrounding solution on the variation of the deformation of the pH-stimulusresponsive hydrogel and the distributions of the diffusive ion concentrations and electric potential, when the hydrogel is placed in the buffered solutions. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 50:429-439, 2010. © 2009 Society of Plastics Engineers.
Source Title: Polymer Engineering and Science
ISSN: 00323888
DOI: 10.1002/pen.21563
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