Journal of Fluid Mechanics

Suspensions of prolate spheroids in Stokes flow. Part 1. Dynamics of a finite number of particles in an unbounded fluid

Ivan L.  Claeys a1p1 and John F.  Brady a1
a1 Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA

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A new simulation method is presented for low-Reynolds-number flow problems involving elongated particles in an unbounded fluid. The technique extends the principles of Stokesian dynamics, a multipole moment expansion method, to ellipsoidal particle shapes. The methodology is applied to prolate spheroids in particular, and shown to be efficient and accurate by comparison with other numerical methods for Stokes flow. The importance of hydrodynamic interactions is illustrated by examples on sedimenting spheroids and particles in a simple shear flow.

(Published Online April 26 2006)
(Received August 15 1991)
(Revised December 18 1992)

p1 Present address: Solvay Research & Technology, rue de Ransbeek 310, 1120 Brussels, Belgium.