publication . Article . 2016

Phenomenological model and working mechanism of bio-inspired polymeric composites driven by water gradient

Haibao Lu; Aying Zhang; Yongtao Yao; Long Lin;
Open Access English
  • Published: 04 Jan 2016
  • Publisher: Emerald
  • Country: United Kingdom
Purpose-This paper aims to present a phenomenological model to investigate the underlying mechanism and predict the bio-inspired performance under different thermo-temporal conditions. Design/methodology/approach-Flory-Rehner free-energy functions are applied to quantitatively identify the driving forces in the viscously bio-inspired response of a dynamic polymer network. Furthermore, the permeation transition equation is adopted to couple water gradient and water sorption/desorption into the free-energy function. Findings-The results show that the influence of potential energy on deformation can be related to a stretching ratio that uniquely determines water so...
free text keywords: Materials Chemistry, Surfaces, Coatings and Films, Sorption, Deformation (mechanics), Potential energy, Phenomenological model, Polymer network, Permeation, Materials science, Desorption, Composite material, Arrhenius equation, symbols.namesake, symbols
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