Date of Award
Master of Science (MS)
Margaret M Wiecek
Marek W Urban
Continuous interests in developing self-healable polymers are driven by the desire to extend life spans of existing functional materials. Combining mathematical modeling and optimization approaches with experimental studies, an ultimate aim is to predict the flow and macroscopic wound closures in polymeric materials. Corresponding numerical simulations to experimental results are presented, utilizing two mathematical models that describe bulk or layer flow. An optimization routine for this self-healing process is described and implemented using two different approaches, competitive with each other with respect to accuracy. Finally a multi-layer model is simulated to show the flow profile of multiple layers rather than a single surface one.
Murdaugh, Amy, "Modeling and Optimization of Self-Healing Polymers" (2020). All Theses. 3285.