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Hydroxypropyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) hydrogels have recently gained attention for their potential use in biomedical applications due to their unique properties, such as good biocompatibility, low toxicity, and high water content. However, understanding the mechanical properties of HPMC hydrogels is essential for their effective application in various fields.
In this study, we investigate the mechanical properties of HPMC hydrogels by measuring their compression and tensile strength. We also examine the effect of different concentrations of HPMC on the mechanical properties of the hydrogels.
The HPMC hydrogels were prepared by mixing HPMC powder with deionized water and stirring until a clear solution was obtained. The solution was then poured into a mold and allowed to stand for 24 hours at room temperature to form a hydrogel.
Compression tests were conducted using a universal testing machine, where the hydrogels were gradually compressed at a rate of 1 mm/min until they reached a predetermined compression height. Tensile tests were performed using the same machine, where the samples were stretched at a rate of 1 mm/min until they broke.
Our results show that the mechanical properties of HPMC hydrogels are highly dependent on the concentration of HPMC. As the concentration of HPMC increased, the compressive strength of the hydrogels also increased. A similar trend was observed with tensile strength, where higher concentrations of HPMC resulted in higher tensile strength.
We also found that the mechanical properties of HPMC hydrogels were comparable to those of natural tissues, such as cartilage and skin. This indicates the potential use of HPMC hydrogels in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
In conclusion, our study provides valuable insight into the mechanical properties of HPMC hydrogels, which can aid in their effective application in biomedical fields. The findings highlight the importance of optimizing the concentration of HPMC to achieve desired mechanical properties for specific applications. Overall, the use of HPMC hydrogels shows promise for a range of biomedical applications, and further research is warranted to explore their full potential.