Exploring The Mechanics Of Swimming

Prof. Eamonn Gaffney (University of Oxford)

Thursday 24th March, 2016 14:00-15:00 Maths 203



Mammalian spermotozoa motility is a subject of growing importance, due to rising human infertility and the possibility of improving animal breeding for livestock and conservation, while understanding how bacterial motility contributes to colonisation and biofilm initiation is of fundamental concern in numerous fields. Fluid and filament mechanics offers many opportunities to provide novel insights concerning the mechanics of such swimming cells. Examples of the information that can be extracted by combining imaging and continuum mechanics will be highlighted together with studies of how mechanical effects can influence cell behaviour, for instance especially near surfaces and in background shear flows.

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