Simulating ''Swimmers'': Point-like self-propelled particles in lattice Boltzmann

Condensed Matter lunchtime seminar

Simulating ''Swimmers'': Point-like self-propelled particles in lattice Boltzmann

  • Event time: 1:00pm
  • Event date: 17th March 2008
  • Speaker: Rupert Nash (Formerly School of Physics & Astronomy, University of Edinburgh)
  • Location: Room 2511,

Event details

The study of interacting self-propelled particles acts as a model for swimming microorgansims and is of great current interest. First, I will set out our proceedure for including point-like forces within the lattice Boltzmann method and summarize the application to sedimentation of ''dead'' particles, before explaining a minimal model for simulating ''live'' particles. The model easily extends to non-neutrally buoyant particles and run-and-tumble behaviour. Finally, I will set out some preliminary results and what I hope the model will be able to tell us.

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