From hydrodynamic lubrication to many-body interactions in dense suspensions of active swimmers

Natsuhiko Yoshinaga, Tanniemola B. Liverpool

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Abstract.: We study how hydrodynamic interactions affect the collective behaviour of active particles suspended in a fluid at high concentrations, with particular attention to lubrication forces which appear when the particles are very close to one another. We compute exactly the limiting behaviour of the hydrodynamic interactions between two spherical (circular) active swimmers in very close proximity to one another in the general setting in both three and (two) dimensions. Combining this with far-field interactions, we develop a novel numerical scheme which allows us to study the collective behaviour of large numbers of active particles with accurate hydrodynamic interactions when close to one another. We study active swimmers whose intrinsic flow fields are characterised by force dipoles and quadrupoles. Using this scheme, we are able to show that lubrication forces when the particles are very close to each other can play as important a role as long-range hydrodynamic interactions in determining their many-body behaviour. We find that when the swimmer force dipole is large, finite clusters and open gel-like clusters appear rather than complete phase separation. This suppression is due to near-field lubrication interactions. For swimmers with small force dipoles, we find surprisingly that a globally polar-ordered phase appears because near-field lubrication rather than long-range hydrodynamics dominates the alignment mechanism. Polar order is present for very large system sizes and is stable to fluctuations with a finite noise amplitude. We explain the emergence of polar order using a minimal model in which only the leading rotational effect of the near-field interaction is included. These phenomena are also reproduced in two dimensions.

本文言語English
論文番号76
ジャーナルEuropean Physical Journal E
41
6
DOI
出版ステータスPublished - 2018 6 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • バイオテクノロジー
  • 生物理学
  • 化学 (全般)
  • 材料科学(全般)
  • 表面および界面

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