Complex Fluids in Biological Systems

Experiment, Theory, and Computation

  • Saverio E. Spagnolie

Part of the Biological and Medical Physics, Biomedical Engineering book series (BIOMEDICAL)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Introduction to Complex Fluids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Alexander Morozov, Saverio E. Spagnolie
      Pages 3-52
    3. Paula A. Vasquez, M. Gregory Forest
      Pages 53-110
  3. Rheology of Complex Biological Fluids

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 111-111
    2. Roseanna N. Zia, John F. Brady
      Pages 113-157
    3. Arthur A. Evans, Alex J. Levine
      Pages 159-186
    4. Hamed Hatami-Marbini, Mohammad R. K. Mofrad
      Pages 187-205
    5. Randy H. Ewoldt, Michael T. Johnston, Lucas M. Caretta
      Pages 207-241
  4. Locomotion and Active Matter

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Josué Sznitman, Paulo E. Arratia
      Pages 245-281
    3. Gwynn J. Elfring, Eric Lauga
      Pages 283-317
    4. David Saintillan, Michael J. Shelley
      Pages 319-355
  5. Computational Methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 357-357
    2. Amit Kumar, Michael D. Graham
      Pages 399-435
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 437-440

About this book


This book serves as an introduction to the continuum mechanics and mathematical modeling of complex fluids in living systems. The form and function of living systems are intimately tied to the nature of surrounding fluid environments, which commonly exhibit nonlinear and history dependent responses to forces and displacements. With ever-increasing capabilities in the visualization and manipulation of biological systems, research on the fundamental phenomena, models, measurements, and analysis of complex fluids has taken a number of exciting directions. In this book, many of the world’s foremost experts explore key topics such as:

  • Macro- and micro-rheological techniques for measuring the material properties of complex biofluids and the subtleties of data interpretation
  • Experimental observations and rheology of complex biological materials, including mucus, cell membranes, the cytoskeleton, and blood
  • The motility of microorganisms in complex fluids and the dynamics of active suspensions
  • Challenges and solutions in the numerical simulation of biologically relevant complex fluid flows

This volume will be accessible to advanced undergraduate and beginning graduate students in engineering, mathematics, biology, and the physical sciences, but will appeal to anyone interested in the intricate and beautiful nature of complex fluids in the context of living systems.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Saverio E. Spagnolie
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsUniversity of Wisconsin–MadisonMadisonUSA

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