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Title: Adhesion and relaxation of a soft elastomer on surfaces with skin like roughness
Authors: Fischer, SarahBoyadzhieva, SilviyaHensel, RenéKruttwig, KlausArzt, Eduard
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Issue Date: 2018
Published in: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials, Volume 80, Page 303-310
Publisher: Amsterdam : Elsevier
Abstract: For designing new skin adhesives, the complex mechanical interaction of soft elastomers with surfaces of various roughnesses needs to be better understood. We systematically studied the effects of a wide set of roughnesscharacteristics, film thickness, hold time and material relaxation on the adhesive behaviour of the silicone elastomer SSA 7–9800 (Dow Corning). As model surfaces, we used epoxy replicas obtained from substrates with roughness ranging from very smooth to skin-like. Our results demonstrate that films of thin and intermediate thickness (60 and 160 μm) adhered best to a sub-micron rough surface, with a pull-off stress of about 50 kPa. Significant variations in pull-off stress and detachment mechanism with roughness and hold time were found. In contrast, 320 μm thick films adhered with lower pull-off stress of about 17 kPa, but were less sensitive to roughness and hold time. It is demonstrated that the adhesion performance of the siliconefilms to rough surfaces can be tuned by tailoring the film thickness and contact time.
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License: CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Unported
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