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Spontaneous flow in polar active fluids: the effect of a phenomenological self propulsion-like term

  • Francesco BonelliEmail author
  • Giuseppe Gonnella
  • Adriano Tiribocchi
  • Davide Marenduzzo
Regular Article
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Multi-scale phenomena in complex flows and flowing matter

Abstract.

We present hybrid lattice Boltzmann simulations of extensile and contractile active fluids where we incorporate phenomenologically the tendency of active particles such as cell and bacteria, to move, or swim, along the local orientation. Quite surprisingly, we show that the interplay between alignment and activity can lead to completely different results, according to geometry (periodic boundary conditions or confinement between flat walls) and nature of the activity (extensile or contractile). An interesting generic outcome is that the alignment interaction can transform stationary active patterns into continuously moving ones: the dynamics of these evolving patterns can be oscillatory or chaotic according to the strength of the alignment term. Our results suggest that flow-polarisation alignment can have important consequences on the collective dynamics of active fluids and active gel.

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Topical Issue: Multi-scale phenomena in complex flows and flowing matter 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Francesco Bonelli
    • 1
    Email author
  • Giuseppe Gonnella
    • 1
  • Adriano Tiribocchi
    • 2
  • Davide Marenduzzo
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di FisicaUniversità di Bari, and INFN, Sezione di BariBariItaly
  2. 2.Dipartimento di Fisica e AstronomiaUniversità di PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.School of Physics and AstronomyUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUnited Kingdom

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