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Record number 496299
Title Biopolymer gel swelling analysed with scaling laws and Flory-Rehner theory
Author(s) Sman, R.G.M. van der
Source Food Hydrocolloids 48 (2015). - ISSN 0268-005X - p. 94 - 101.
Department(s) FBR Food Technology
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Gel - Swelling - Water holding capacity

The swelling of biopolymer gels is analysed with scaling laws from polymer physics, as an alternative for the classical Flory-Rehner theory. With these scaling laws, holding for polymer concentrations in the semi-dilute regime, experimental data on deswelling of gels can be collapsed to a single universal master curve. The predictions made with the scaling laws are similar to those made with the modified Flory-Rehner, where the osmotic pressure is described with a composition-dependent interaction parameter. For gels in the semi-dilute regime we recommend the use of the scaling laws, because their compact, and universal character.

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