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Hydrodynamic interactions among large populations of swimming micro-organisms.

Delmotte, Blaise and Climent, Éric and Plouraboué, Franck Hydrodynamic interactions among large populations of swimming micro-organisms. (2013) Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, 16 (supp. 1). 6-8. ISSN 1025-5842

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10255842.2013.815881


Bio-convection, biofilm forming or mechanics of reproduction are connected to the motility and collective behaviour of micro-organisms. For instance, spermatozoa suspensions exhibit coherent motion whose frequency and lifespan are strongly correlated to semen fertility (Moore et al. 2002). As interplays in many-bodied systems result in intricate patterns, the understanding of these requires an in-depth knowledge of the suspension microstructure and statistics. Representative and reliable statistics require a large number Np of interactive swimmers that many simulation methods can hardly afford [e.g. Np ¼ 40 in Mehandia and Nott (2008) or Np # 216 in Ishikawa et al. (2008)]. In the following, a spherical swimmer model is derived from the classical low Reynolds number framework and implemented in the force-coupling method (FCM) for large populations. Resulting statistics reveals non-trivial spatial arrangements of swimmers depending on their swimming gait.

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Additional Information:Thanks to Taylor & Francis editor. The definitive version is available at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10255842.2013.815881
HAL Id:hal-03526374
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
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