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Title: Off-plane motion of an oblate capsule in a simple shear flow
Authors: Salsac, AV
Dupont, C
Barthes-Biesel, D
4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2014)
Keywords: Oblate capsule;Fluid-structure interaction;Finite element method;Boundary integral method;Shear flow
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Brunel University London
Citation: 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference, University College London, UK, 7-10 September 2014, Editors CS König, TG Karayiannis and S. Balabani
Series/Report no.: ID13
Abstract: We investigate the mechanical equilibrium state of an oblate capsule when its revolution axis is initially off the shear plane. We consider an oblate capsule with an aspect ratio of 0.5 and a strain-hardening membrane. The three-dimensional fluid-structure interaction problem is solved numerically by coupling a finite element method with a boundary integral method. The capsule converges towards the same mechanical equilibrium state whatever the initial orientation. This equilibrium depends on the capillary number Ca, which compares the viscous to the elastic forces and on the viscosity ratio between the internal and external fluids. For = 1, the tumbling and swinging motions, observed when the revolution axis is initially in the shear plane, are mechanically stable until Ca 1; when Ca is further increased, the capsule assumes the rolling motion that is observed when its revolution axis is initially aligned with the vorticity axis. When is increased, the tumbling-to-swinging transition appears for higher Ca and the swinging-to-rolling transition for lower Ca. For 5, the swinging regime completely disappears: depending on Ca, it is then either the tumbling or the rolling motion that is the mechanical equilibrium state.
Description: This paper was presented at the 4th Micro and Nano Flows Conference (MNF2014), which was held at University College, London, UK. The conference was organised by Brunel University and supported by the Italian Union of Thermofluiddynamics, IPEM, the Process Intensification Network, the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, the Heat Transfer Society, HEXAG - the Heat Exchange Action Group, and the Energy Institute, ASME Press, LCN London Centre for Nanotechnology, UCL University College London, UCL Engineering, the International NanoScience Community,
ISBN: 978-1-908549-16-7
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