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Mechanical response of a thick poroelastic gel in contactless colloidal-probe rheology

Vincent Bertin
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Elie Raphaël
Joshua D Mcgraw
Thomas Salez

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When a rigid object approaches a soft material in a viscous fluid, hydrodynamic stresses arise in the lubricated contact region and deform the soft material. The elastic deformation modifies in turn the flow, hence generating a soft-lubrication coupling. Moreover, soft elastomers and gels are often porous. These materials may be filled with solvent or uncrosslinked polymer chains, and might be permeable to the surrounding fluid, which complexifies further the description. Here, we derive the point-force response of a semi-infinite and permeable poroelastic substrate. Then, we use this fundamental solution in order to address the specific poroelastic lubrication coupling associated with contactless colloidal-probe methods. In particular, we derive the conservative and dissipative components of the force associated with the oscillating vertical motion of a sphere close to the poroelastic substrate. Our results may be relevant for dynamic surface force apparatus and contactless colloidal-probe atomic force microscopy experiments on soft, living and/or fragile materials, such as swollen hydrogels and biological membranes.
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hal-03892664 , version 1 (09-12-2022)

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Caroline Kopecz-Muller, Vincent Bertin, Elie Raphaël, Joshua D Mcgraw, Thomas Salez. Mechanical response of a thick poroelastic gel in contactless colloidal-probe rheology. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London A Mathematical and Physical Sciences, 2023, 479 (2271), pp.20220832. ⟨10.1098/rspa.2022.0832⟩. ⟨hal-03892664⟩
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