Propulsion by stiff elastic filaments in viscous fluids.
Lauga, Eric Lauga
Physical review. E
American Physical Society
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Katsamba, P., & Lauga, E. L. (2019). Propulsion by stiff elastic filaments in viscous fluids.. Physical review. E, 99 (5-1), 053107. https://doi.org/10.1103/physreve.99.053107
Flexible filaments moving in viscous fluids are ubiquitous in the natural microscopic world. For example, the swimming of bacteria and spermatozoa as well as important physiological functions at organ-level, such as the cilia-induced motion of mucus in the lungs, or individual cell-level, such as actin filaments or microtubules, all employ flexible filaments moving in viscous fluids. As a result of fluid-structure interactions, a variety of nonlinear phenomena may arise in the dynamics of such moving flexible filaments. In this paper we derive the mathematical tools required to study filament-driven propulsion in the asymptotic limit of stiff filaments. Motion in the rigid limit leads to hydrodynamic loads which deform the filament and impact the filament propulsion. We first derive the general mathematical formulation and then apply it to the case of a helical filament, a situation relevant for the swimming of flagellated bacteria and for the transport of artificial, magnetically actuated motors. We find that, as a result of flexibility, the helical filament is either stretched or compressed (conforming previous studies) and its axis also bends, a new result which we interpret physically. We then explore and interpret the dependence of the perturbed propulsion speed due to the deformation on the relevant dimensionless dynamic and geometric parameters.
This project has received funding from the EPSRC (PK) and the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement 682754 to EL).
ECH2020 EUROPEAN RESEARCH COUNCIL (ERC) (682754)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1103/physreve.99.053107
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