Hydrodynamic mobility of a sphere moving on the centerline of an elastic tube

Daddi-Moussa-Ider, Abdallah; Lisicki, Maciej and Gekle, Stephan (2017). Hydrodynamic mobility of a sphere moving on the centerline of an elastic tube. Physics of Fluids, 29(11), article no. 111901.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5002192


Elastic channels are an important component of many soft matter systems, in which hydrodynamic interactions with confining membranes determine the behavior of particles in flow. In this work, we derive analytical expressions for Green’s functions associated with a point-force (Stokeslet) directed parallel or perpendicular to the axis of an elastic cylindrical channel exhibiting resistance against shear and bending. We then compute the leading order self- and pair mobility functions of particles on the cylinder axis, finding that the mobilities are primarily determined by membrane shear and that bending does not play a significant role. In the quasi-steady limit of vanishing frequency, the particle self- and pair mobilities near a no-slip hard cylinder are recovered only if the membrane possesses a non-vanishing shear rigidity. We further compute the membrane deformation, finding that deformation is generally more pronounced in the axial (radial) directions, for the motion along (perpendicular to) the cylinder centerline, respectively. Our analytical calculations for Green’s functions in an elastic cylinder can serve as a fundamental building block for future studies and are verified by fully resolved boundary integral simulations where very good agreement is obtained.

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