Session G25: Suspensions II
8:00 AM–10:10 AM, Monday, November 21, 2011
Chair: Ubaldo Cordova-Figueroa, University of Puerto Rico-Mayagüez
Abstract ID: BAPS.2011.DFD.G25.4
Abstract: G25.00004 : Hydrodynamic interactions between two vesicles
8:39 AM–8:52 AM
A giant vesicle is a closed elastic membrane containing a liquid, inside another liquid. Its size is around 10 microns. If a suspension of such objects is sheared, they sometimes come close and interact hydrodynamically. We studied how these interactions affect the trajectories of the vesicles. For this, we model the properties of the membrane, assuming that the area of a surface element is constant in the course of time, and that it resists bending. We also assume that the inside and outside fluids are Newtonian, and are in the creeping regime. To solve the partial differential equations arising from this model, we used two methods : an asymptotic expansion around spherical shapes for vesicles far away from each other (3d case), and a boudary integral method (2d case). We find that vesicles repel, and that this repulsion decreases with initial transverse distance. We compare our results with experimental results performed with vesicles flowing in microfluidic devices.
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