Mathematics - Colloquium
Friday, November 1, 2013
11:00 AM-12:00 PM
ABSTRACT: Biological flows like those surrounding swimming microorganisms or beating cilia, can be properly modeled using the Stokes equations for fluid motion with external forcing. The organism's surfaces can be viewed as flexible interfaces imparting force or torque on the fluid. I will present the Method of Regularized Stokeslets and some recent extensions of it that are used to compute Stokes flows interacting with immersed flexible bodies. The method is based on expressions for the exact fluid velocity field resulting from smooth localized forces rather than point-forces. I will present the idea of the method, some of the known results and several examples from biological applications.
Suggested Audiences: Adult, College
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