We discuss a reduced model to compute the motion of slender swimmers which propel themselves by propagating a bending wave along their body. Our approach is based on the use of resistive force theory for the evaluation of the viscous forces and torques exerted by the surrounding fluid, and on discretizing the kinematics of the swimmer by representing its body through an articulated chain of N rigid links capable of planar deformations. The resulting system of ODEs governing the motion of the swimmer is easy to assemble and to solve, making our reduced model a valuable tool in the design and optimization of bio-inspired engineered microdevices. We test the accuracy and robustness of our approach on three benchmark examples: Purcell's 3-link swimmer, Taylor's swimming sheet and some recent quantitative observations of circular motion of a sperm cell. An explicit formula for the displacement of Purcell's 3-link swimmer generated by a square stroke of small amplitude is also discussed. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
|Titolo:||Self-propulsion of slender micro-swimmers by curvature control: N-link swimmers|
|Autori:||Alouges, F.; De Simone, A.; Giraldi, L.; Zoppello, M.|
|Rivista:||INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF NON-LINEAR MECHANICS|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.ijnonlinmec.2013.04.012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Journal article|