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Microswimming in Newtonian and Complex Fluid Environments

Eric S.G. Shaqfeh, Stanford University

Becca Thomases, UC Davis

The symposium will focus on micro-swimmers (i.e. swimmers at or near zero Reynolds number) which are either mechanical or biological. The symposium will include both single swimming gaits and motions as well as collective affects among swimmers. Swimming in nonNewtonian fluids, particularly elastic fluids and bodily mucus,  will be included as an important comparison to swimming in Newtonian fluids. The biology of actual motile organisms will be discussed along with mathematical models for the motion including large scale numerical simulation. Boundary effects will be included as appropriate.