Degree Granting Department
Ryan Toomey, Ph.D.
Buckling, Polymer, Elastic stability, Finite difference approximation, Biharmonic equation
The buckling of a material subject to stress is a very common phenomenon observed in mechanics. However, the observed buckling of a surface confined hydrogel due to swelling is a unique manifestation of the buckling problem. The reason for buckling is the same in all cases; there is a certain magnitude of force that once exceeded, causes the material to deform itself into a buckling mode. Exactly what that buckling mode is as well as how much force is necessary to cause buckling depends on the material properties. Taking both a finite difference and analytical approach to the problem, it is desired to obtain relationships between the material properties and the predicted buckling modes. These relationships will make it possible for a hydrogel to be designed so that the predicted amount of buckling will occur.
Scholar Commons Citation
Shitta, Abiola, "Modeling swelling instabilities in surface confined hydrogels" (2010). Graduate Theses and Dissertations.