Rheological properties of magnetic biogels
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Arch Appl Mech (2019) 89:91–103
SponsorshipThis study was supported by projects FIS2013-41821-R (Plan Nacional de Investigación Científica, Desarrollo e Innovación Tecnológica, MINECO, Spain, co-funded by ERDF, European Union) and FIS2017-85954-R (Ministerio de Economía, Industria y Competitividad, MINECO, andAgencia Estatal de Investigación, AEI, Spain, co-funded by Fondo Europeo de Desarrollo Regional, FEDER, European Union). A.Z. is grateful to the program of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, projects 02.A03.21.0006, 3.1438.2017/4.6, and 3.5214.2017/6.7, as well as to the Russian Fund of Basic Researches, project 18-08-00178.
We report an experimental and theoretical study of the rheological properties of magnetic biogels consisting of fibrin polymer networks with embedded magnetite nanoparticles, swollen by aqueous solutions. We studied two types of magnetic biogels, differenced by the presence or absence of an applied magnetic field during the initial steps of cross-linking. The experiments demonstrated very strong dependence of the elastic modulus of the magnetic biogels on the concentration of the magnetic particles. We finally developed some theoretical models that explain the observed strong concentration effects.