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Computational Mechanics

, Volume 20, Issue 3, pp 242–246 | Cite as

Modelling micromachines with elastic parts in a viscous environment

  • S. Nasseri
  • N. Phan-Thien

Abstract

 Designing micromachines with elastic components has not been addressed by the research community. In this paper, the Boundary Element Method for Stokes flows is used to model a micromachine consisting of a “head” and an elastic “tail” immersing in viscous fluid. The general numerical implementation can be used for a wide range of micromachines with rotating and arbitrarily deforming tail.

A particular periodic tail motion is suggested for illustrative purposes. To assist the forward motion, enlarging of the head during the second half cycle only is proposed. A physical model has been suggested that may be used for comparing its performance with that deduced from our calculations.

Keywords

Physical Model Research Community Boundary Element Boundary Element Method Viscous Fluid 
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Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Nasseri
    • 1
  • N. Phan-Thien
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering, The University of Sydney, N.S.W. 2006, AustraliaAU

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