On the thermodynamics of chemomechanical energy conversion realized by neutral gels

M. Zrínyi, F. Horkay

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Abstract

Chemomechanical energy conversion exhibited by a gel lever has been studied both theoretically and experimentally. Based on the thermodynamical theory of anisotropic swelling, the effective mechanical work produced, the chemical energy consumed, and the efficiency of conversion are discussed. The results of model calculations are compared with real experiments performed on water-swollen poly(vinyl alcohol) gels. The mechanical work as well as the free energy change during the process have been determined from experimental data.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)190-201
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Volume4
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1993

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Energy conversion
Gels
Thermodynamics
Free energy
Swelling
Alcohols
Water
Experiments

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On the thermodynamics of chemomechanical energy conversion realized by neutral gels. / Zrínyi, M.; Horkay, F.

In: Journal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures, Vol. 4, No. 2, 04.1993, p. 190-201.

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