Faculty Advisor

Koehler, Stephan A.

Faculty Advisor

Tilley, Burt S.

Abstract

Swimming of microorganisms in viscous fluids is a complex problem involving many degrees of freedom. In order to gain insight to this problem we investigate resistive force theory as a model for thin undulating filaments at low Reynolds number. The filaments are thin and resistive force theory is used. We compare four major waveforms, which have one adjustable parameter; they are the square wave, sawtooth, Cartesian sine, and curvature sine. The main quantities of interest are the swimming speed and swimming efficiency.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2011

Major

Physics

Major

Mathematical Sciences

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

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