Institut für Theoretische Physik I
Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
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Department Physik
Teilbibliothek Physik Web-Opac
UnivIS FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg

Physikalisches Kolloquium
Kolloquium der Theor. Physik
Gruppenseminar der Theorie 1


  • Jayant Pande
  • Analytical and numerical study of microswimming using the ‘bead-spring model’

In this thesis we use the bead-spring microswimmer design as a model system to study mechanical microswimming. The basic form of such a swimmer was in- troduced as the ‘three-sphere swimmer’ in Najafi and Golestanian [2004] and has found wide use in theoretical, numerical and experimental research. In our work, we have modified and extended the model in various ways, which, as explained in this thesis, allow us to gain insight into many general principles of microswim- ming, for instance the interplay between fluid drag force and swimmer elasticity in determining the efficiency of motion. The work presented here consists of both analytical solution of the equations of motion in the different investigated cases and corresponding numerical study.