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Slender phoretic theory of chemically active filaments

Abstract : Artificial microswimmers, or "microbots" have the potential to revolutionise non-invasive medicine and microfluidics. Microbots that are powered by self-phoretic mechanisms, such as Janus particles, often harness a solute fuel in their environment. Traditionally, selfphoretic particles are point-like, but slender phoretic rods have become an increasingly prevalent design. While there has been substantial interest in creating efficient asymptotic theories for slender phoretic rods, hitherto such theories have been restricted to straight rods with axisymmetric patterning. However, modern manufacturing methods will soon allow fabrication of slender phoretic filaments with complex three-dimensional shape. In this paper, we develop a slender body theory for the solute of self-diffusiophoretic filaments of arbitrary three-dimensional shape and patterning. We demonstrate analytically that, unlike other slender body theories, first-order azimuthal variations arising from curvature and confinement can have a leading order contribution to the swimming kinematics.
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Panayiota Katsamba, Sébastien Michelin, Thomas Montenegro-Johnson. Slender phoretic theory of chemically active filaments. Journal of Fluid Mechanics, Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2020, 898, ⟨10.1017/jfm.2020.410⟩. ⟨hal-02958203⟩



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