Axisymmetric monopole and dipole flow singularities in proximity of a stationary no-slip plate immersed in a Brinkman fluid

Daddi-Moussa-Ider, Abdallah; Hosaka, Yuto; Vilfan, Andrej and Golestanian, Ramin (2023). Axisymmetric monopole and dipole flow singularities in proximity of a stationary no-slip plate immersed in a Brinkman fluid. Physical Review Research, 5(3), article no. 033030.



The Green’s function plays an important role in many areas of physical sciences and is a prime tool for solving diverse hydrodynamic equations in the linear regime. In the present contribution, the axisymmetric low-Reynolds-number Brinkman flow induced by monopole and dipole singularities in proximity of a stationary plate of circular shape is theoretically investigated. The flow singularities are directed along the central axis of the plate. No-slip boundary conditions are assumed to hold at the surface of the plate. The Green’s functions are determined to a large extent analytically, reducing the solution of the linear hydrodynamic equations to well-behaved one-dimensional integrals amenable to numerical computation. In our approach, the Brinkman flow problem is formulated as a mixed boundary value problem that is subsequently mapped in the form of dual integral equations on the domain boundaries. Thereupon, the solution of the equations of fluid motion is eventually reduced to the solution of two independent Fredholm integral equations of the first kind. The overall flow structure and emerging eddy patterns are found to strongly depend on the magnitude of the relevant geometrical and physical parameters of the system. Moreover, the effect of the confining plate on the dynamics of externally driven or force-free particles is assessed through the calculation of the relevant hydrodynamic reaction functions. The effect of the plate on the locomotory behavior of a self-propelling active dipole swimmer is shown to be maximum when the radius of the plate is comparable to the distance separating the swimmer from the plate. Our results may prove useful for characterizing transport processes in microfluidic devices and may pave the way toward understanding and controlling of small-scale flows in porous media.

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