The Effect of Swelling on the Elasticity of Rubber: Localization Model Description

Jack F. Douglas, Gregory B. McKenna

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Abstract

The success of the localization model in describing the elasticity of unswollen natural rubber is reviewed and the model is extended to describe the elasticity of swollen networks. In contrast to the Frenkel-Flory-Rehner modeling of network elasticity, the localization model predicts that the mechanical response of swollen rubbers changes qualitatively in going from low to high cross-link densities. The implications of these predictions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3282-3288
Number of pages7
JournalMacromolecules
Volume26
Issue number13
DOIs
StatePublished - 1993

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