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Driving water cavitation in a hydrogel cavity

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We study the dynamics of the dehydration process of a hydrogel with a cavity filled with water. We identify two transient phases: the first one dominated by an inflatable-balloon deformation mode, and the second by a suction effect, determining highly not homogeneous deformation modes of the hydrogel walls. This last phase triggers negative pressures into the cavity up to the typical values of water cavitation. An analysis of the factors allowing cavitation pressure to form inside the cavity is proposed, to allow for precise tuning of the key geometrical and material parameters.

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The article was received on 12 Jan 2018, accepted on 24 Jan 2018 and first published on 26 Jan 2018

Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00100F
Citation: Soft Matter, 2018,14, 2310-2321
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    Driving water cavitation in a hydrogel cavity

    M. Curatolo, P. Nardinocchi and L. Teresi, Soft Matter, 2018, 14, 2310
    DOI: 10.1039/C8SM00100F

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