Koehler, Stephan A.
Tilley, Burt S.
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.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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