Fabrication, modeling and experimental study of bending deformation of micro-ferrogel fibers in a non-uniform magnetic field

  • Author / Creator
    Khaleque, Tasnuva
  • Hydrogel smart polymers have achieved a great attention in the research area of drug delivery, MEMS/NEMS, microfluidics and sensor design because of their responsiveness to various environmental stimuli- pH, temperature, light, electric field, enzyme etc. This thesis presents the modeling, fabrication and study of the bending deformation of magnetic field sensitive hydrogel micro fibers called ferrogels. The objective is to externally actuate the ferrogel fibers by applying magnetic field, for the application of targeted drug delivery inside the alveoli of a human lung. Prediction of the bending deformation of the ferrogel fibers is done by the Multiphysics Finite Element Modeling in an Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) framework. Ferrogel micro fibers are fabricated and the bending deforma-tion is studied experimentally by varying the aspect ratio of the fibers, volume fraction of the magnetic particle content of the fibers and the magnetic field strength. The numerical and experimental results are compared. This is the first attempt to numerically predict the bending deformation of ferrogel micro-fibers.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Moussa, Walied (Mechanical Engineering)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Ma, Yongsheng (Mechanical Engineering)
    • Adeeb, Samer (Civil and Environmental Engineering)