Enhanced motility of a microswimmer in rigid and elastic confinement

Ledesma-Aguilar, Rodrigo and Yeomans, Julia (2013) Enhanced motility of a microswimmer in rigid and elastic confinement. Physical Review Letters, 111 (13). ISSN 0031-9007

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.111.138101


We analyze the effect of confining rigid and elastic boundaries on the motility of a model dipolar microswimmer. Flexible boundaries are deformed by the velocity field of the swimmer in such a way that the motility of both extensile and contractile swimmers is enhanced. The magnitude of the increase in swimming velocity is controlled by the ratio of the swimmer-advection and elastic time scales, and the dipole moment of the swimmer. We explain our results by considering swimming between inclined rigid boundaries.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: F300 Physics
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2013 10:29
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:07
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13633

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