The effects of hot pressing on the swelling behavior of P(MMA-co-NVP) hydrogel discs

Smith, J. and Radzi, Z. and Czernuszka, J. (2015) The effects of hot pressing on the swelling behavior of P(MMA-co-NVP) hydrogel discs. Polymer Engineering and Science, 55 (6). ISSN 0032-3888

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Compression of dehydrated P(MMA-co-NVP) hydrogel at the glass transition temperature (161 degrees C) results in discs which exhibit orthotropic expansion when hydrated in water. It has been found that the expansion is nonuniform, with an outer annulus expanding more rapidly than the inner core. This behavior has been investigated by comparing the crosspolarized light microscopy, swelling response, and hardness tests for discs pressed with a lower friction (PTFE) interface and those pressed with a higher friction interface (aluminum). Only in the latter case was a clear boundary observed. The outer 4 mm of a 13 mm disc showed increased radial chain alignment as compared to the inner core, as well as a lower average hardness value (81.7HK compared to 97.7HK). These results were not observed in samples pressed with a PTFE interface. This behavior has subsequently been modeled using axisymmetric loading and assuming Von Mises Criteria, showing that the change in behavior can be explained by the presence of a stick-slip boundary formed during hot pressing. POLYM. ENG. SCI., 55:1290-1295, 2015.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Correspondence to: J.R. Smith; e-mail:
Subjects: R Medicine > RK Dentistry
Divisions: Faculty of Dentistry
Depositing User: Mr Ahmad Azwan Azman
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2015 06:34
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2015 06:34

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