Multiscale modeling of mechanoresponsive polymers

Meredith N. Silberstein, Cassandra M. Kingsbury, Kyoungmin Min, Sharlotte B. Kramer, Brett A. Beierman, Narayan R. Aluru, Scott R. White, Nancy R. Sottos

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Mechanically-induced reactivity is a promising means for designing self sensing and autonomous materials. Mechanically sensitive chemical groups called mechanophores can be covalently linked into polymers in order to trigger specific chemical reactions upon mechanical loading. Here, glassy PMMA and rubbery PMA each linked with mechanochromic molecules, are used as representative polymer architectures for building both understanding and quantitative models of mechanophore activation in bulk polymers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationChallenges in Mechanics of Time-Dependent Materials and Processes in Conventional and Multifunctional Materials - Proceedings of the 2012 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
Number of pages3
StatePublished - 2013
Event2012 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics - Costa Mesa, CA, United States
Duration: Jun 11 2012Jun 14 2012

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
ISSN (Print)2191-5644
ISSN (Electronic)2191-5652


Other2012 Annual Conference on Experimental and Applied Mechanics
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityCosta Mesa, CA


  • Activation modelling
  • Mechanopore activation
  • Mechanoresponsive polymers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Engineering
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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