The Mechanics of Hydrogels

The Mechanics of Hydrogels

Mechanical Properties, Testing, and Applications

1st Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Editors: Hua Li, Vadim Silberschmidt
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028629

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The Mechanics of Hydrogels: Mechanical Properties, Testing, and Applications offers readers a systematic description of the mechanical properties and characterizations of hydrogels. Practical topics such as manufacturing hydrogels with controlled mechanical properties and the mechanical testing of hydrogels are covered at length, as are areas such as inelastic and nonlinear deformation, rheological characterization, fracture and indentation testing, mechanical properties of cellularly responsive hydrogels, and more. Proper instrumentation and modeling techniques for measuring the mechanical properties of hydrogels are also explored.

Key Features

  • Links the mechanical and biological behaviors and applications of hydrogels
  • Looks at the manufacturing and mechanical testing of hydrogels
  • Discusses the design and use of hydrogels in a wide array of applications


Academic researchers and grad students in mechanics of advanced materials and engineering; R&D researchers in industry; researchers in biomaterials/bioengineering

Table of Contents

  • Preface
    Hua Li and Vadim V. Silberschmidt
    1. Mechanical characterisation of hydrogels
    Michelle L. Oyen and Mohammad R. Islam
    2. Micromechanical characterisation of hydrogels
    3. Inelastic deformation behaviour of hydrogels
    Xing Gao and Vadim V. Silberschmidt
    4. Nonlinear deformation behaviour of hydrogels
    Wei Hong
    5. Micro-scale elastic modulus of hydrogels
    6. Manufacturing hydrogels with controlled mechanical properties
    7. Mechanical testing of hydrogels
    Mark Ahearne
    8. Poroelastic Fracture Mechanics of Hydrogels
    9. Fatigue of hydrogels
    10. Indentation of hydrogels
    Suresh Kalyanam
    11. Rheological characterization of hydrogels
    12. Hydrogell swelling
    13. Mechanical properties of cellularly responsive hydrogels
    14. Numerical modelling of hydrogels – from microscopic network to macroscopic hydrogel
    Xing Gao and Vadim V. Silberschmidt
    15. Modeling of stimuli-responsive hydrogels
    Hua Li
    16. Artificial muscle application of hydrogel
    17. Corneal replacement by a synthetic hydrogel
    18. Multi-scale modelling of hydrogels
    Zishun LIU
    19. Large deformation behavior of magnetic hydrogels
    Liu Qimin
    20. Enzyme-functionalized hydrogels: Relationship between stimuli and mechanical response
    Kek Boon Goh
    21. Mechanically driven phase transition of physical hydrogels
    Tao Wu

Product details

  • No. of pages: 500
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081028629

About the Editors

Hua Li

Dr. Li’s research interests include the multiphysics modelling of soft matters, development of highly efficient numerical computational methodology, simulation of sustainable energy, and structural dynamics. He is the author of Smart Hydrogel Modeling, and co-author of Reduced Modeling of Planar Fuel Cells; Meshless Methods and Their Numericl Properties; and Rotating Shell Dynamics. He has authored or co-authored over 150 articles published in an array of international journals, and was awarded Winner of Top Project of the Singapore Maritime Institute Forum-Research Showcase 2015.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, College of Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Vadim Silberschmidt

Professor Vadim Silberschmidt is Chair of Mechanics of Materials, ICoVIS Director, and Head of the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group, Loughborough University, United Kingdom. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier book series Mechanics of Advanced Materials. He is also Associate Editor and/or serves on the board of a number of renowned journals. He has co-authored six research monographs and more than 620 peer-reviewed scientific papers on mechanics and micromechanics of deformation, damage, and fracture in advanced materials under various conditions.

Affiliations and Expertise

Professor, Chair of Mechanics of Materials, ICoVIS Director, and Head of the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group, Loughborough University, UK

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