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The Mechanics of Hydrogels - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780081028629

The Mechanics of Hydrogels

1st Edition

Mechanical Properties, Testing, and Applications

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Editors: Hua Li Vadim V. Silberschmidt
Paperback ISBN: 9780081028629
Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
Published Date: 1st January 2021
Page Count: 500
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Table of Contents

  1. Mechanical Characterization of Hydrogels
    2. Micromechanical Characterization of Hydrogels
    3. Inelastic Deformation Behavior of Hydrogels
    4. Nonlinear Deformation Behavior of Hydrogels
    5. Micro-scale Elastic Modulus of Hydrogels
    6. Manufacturing Hydrogels with Controlled Mechanical Properties
    7. Mechanical Testing of Hydrogels
    8. Fracture Testing of Hydrogels
    9. Indentation of Hydrogels
    10. Rheological Characterization of Hydrogels
    11. Hydrogel Swelling
    12. Mechanical Properties of Cellularly Responsive Hydrogels
    13. Numerical Modelling of Hydrogels
    14. Modelling of Stimuli-Responsive Hydrogels
    15. Artificial Muscle Application of Hydrogels
    16. Corneal Replacement by a Synthetic Hydrogel


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


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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

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

Vadim V. Silberschmidt

Professor Vadim Silberschmidt is Chair of Mechanics of Materials, Associate Dean (Research), ICoVIS Director, and Head of the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group, Loughborough University, UK. He serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Elsevier book series on ‘Mechanics of Advanced Materials’. He is also EiC, associate editor, and/or serves on the board of a number of renowned journals. He has co-authored four research monographs and over 550 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, Associate Dean (Research), ICoVIS Director, and Head of the Mechanics of Advanced Materials Research Group, Loughborough University, UK