Hydrodynamic interaction of a self-propelling particle with a wall

Comparison between an active Janus particle and a squirmer model
  • Zaiyi Shen
  • Alois Würger
  • Juho S. Lintuvuori
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Fluids and Structures: Multi-scale coupling and modeling


Using lattice Boltzmann simulations we study the hydrodynamics of an active spherical particle near a no-slip wall. We develop a computational model for an active Janus particle, by considering different and independent mobilities on the two hemispheres and compare the behaviour to a standard squirmer model. We show that the topology of the far-field hydrodynamic nature of the active Janus particle is similar to the standard squirmer model, but in the near-field the hydrodynamics differ. In order to study how the near-field effects affect the interaction between the particle and a flat wall, we compare the behaviour of a Janus swimmer and a squirmer near a no-slip surface via extensive numerical simulations. Our results show generally a good agreement between these two models, but they reveal some key differences especially with low magnitudes of the squirming parameter \(\beta\). Notably the affinity of the particles to be trapped at a surface is increased for the active Janus particles when compared to standard squirmers. Finally, we find that when the particle is trapped on the surface, the velocity parallel to the surface exceeds the bulk swimming speed and scales linearly with \(\vert\beta\vert\).

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Topical issue: Fluids and Structures: Multi-scale coupling and modeling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Zaiyi Shen
    • 1
  • Alois Würger
    • 1
  • Juho S. Lintuvuori
    • 1
  1. 1.Univ. Bordeaux, CNRS, LOMA, UMR 5798TalenceFrance

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