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A tensile blob construction for branched structures is used to explain structural sizes larger than the strand length, as observed in neutron scattering data from equilibrium swollen networks. Under this model, equilibrium swollen networks display a base structural size, the "gel tensile blob" size, ξ, that follows the scaling relationship ξ ∼ l/(1/2 − χ) P , where l is the monomer length, χ is the Flory interaction parameter and P is a power determined by the connectivity of the network anddoi:10.1209/epl/i2002-00184-7 fatcat:i22wcsh4wfgc7o32aduo4evvpa