Fluid flow due to collective non-reciprocal motion of symmetrically-beating artificial cilia

S.N. Khaderi, J.M.J. Toonder, den, P.R. Onck

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Abstract

Using a magneto-mechanical solid-fluid numerical model for permanently magnetic artificial cilia, we show that the metachronal motion of symmetrically beating cilia establishes a net pressure gradient in the direction of the metachronal wave, which creates a unidirectional flow. The flow generated is characterised as a function of the cilia spacing, the length of the metachronal wave, and a dimensionless parameter that characterises the relative importance of the viscous forces over the elastic forces in the cilia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)014106-
Number of pages14
JournalBiomicrofluidics
Volume6
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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