Enhanced Motility of a Microswimmer in Rigid and Elastic Confinement

Rodrigo Ledesma-Aguilar, Julia M. Yeomans
2013 Physical Review Letters  
We analyse the effect of confining rigid and elastic boundaries on the motility of a model dipolar microswimmer. Flexible boundaries are deformed by the velocity field of the swimmer in such a way that the motility of both extensile and contractile swimmers is enhanced. The magnitude of the increase in swimming velocity is controlled by the ratio of the swimmer-advection and elastic timescales, and the dipole moment of the swimmer. We explain our results by considering swimming between inclined rigid boundaries.
doi:10.1103/physrevlett.111.138101 pmid:24116818 fatcat:lqq5tp2uije7xk74ekoxbh7fpa