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C Gamonpilas, MN Charalambides, JG Williams, PJ Dooling, SR Gibbon
On the characterization of the mechanical behaviour of starch gels using indentation techniques

Appl. Rheol. 20:3 (2010) 33283 (9 pages)

Two types of starch gels made with various starch/water concentrations were studied in terms of their mechanical behaviour. Indentation tests were performed which revealed a rate independent load-deflection response. An inverse analysis based on the Marquardt-Levenberg optimisation algorithm and Finite Element Analysis was used to derive the stress-strain behaviour from the indentation data. The inverse predictions for the stress-strain curves are in good agreement with the direct measurements from uniaxial compression and shear tests up to high values of strain. The validity of the method was proven for both self-supporting and non self-supporting gels, with initial moduli ranging from a very small 60 Pa to 55 kPa. Thus the indentation characterisation method is proven as a powerful, fast and efficient way of evaluating and/or monitoring the behaviour of gels.

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Gamonpilas C, Charalambides M, Williams J, Dooling P, Gibbon S: On the characterization of the mechanical behaviour of starch gels using indentation techniques, Appl. Rheol. 20 (2010) 33283.


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