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Using the immersed boundary method to model complex fluids-structure interaction in sperm motility

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  • We describe work on the development of immersed boundary methods for sperm motility in complex fluids. This includes an Oldroyd-B formulation and a Lagrangian mesh method. We also describe the development of an immersed boundary rheometer for the studying the properties of viscoelastic fluids. We present preliminary simulation results for the Oldroyd-B and Lagrangian mesh rheometers and compare sperm motility in Newtonian, Oldroyd-B and Lagrangian mesh fluids using an existing immersed boundary model for sperm motility.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 58F15, 58F17; Secondary: 53C35.


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