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Migration of an Elastic Capsule in a Channel Flow

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Soo Jai Shin, Hyung Jin Sung

Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Daejeon, Korea

Paper No. AJK2011-20019, pp. 3709-3715; 7 pages
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference
  • ASME-JSME-KSME 2011 Joint Fluids Engineering Conference: Volume 1, Symposia – Parts A, B, C, and D
  • Hamamatsu, Japan, July 24–29, 2011
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4440-3
  • Copyright © 2011 by KSME


The inertial migration of a two-dimensional elastic capsule in a channel flow was studied over the Reynolds number range 1≤Re≤100. The lateral migration velocity, slip velocity, and the deformation and inclination angle of the capsule were investigated by varying the lateral position, Reynolds number, capsule-to-channel size ratio (λ), membrane stretching coefficient (φ), and membrane bending coefficient (γ). During the initial transient motion, the lateral migration velocity increased with increasing Re and λ, but decreased with increases in φ, γ an the lateral distance from the wall. The initial behavior of the capsule was influenced by variation in the initial lateral position (y0 ), but the equilibrium position of the capsule was not affected by such variation. The balance between the wall effect and the shear gradient effect determined the equilibrium position. As Re increased, the equilibrium position initially shifted closer to the wall and then moved towards the channel center. A peak in the equilibrium position was observed near Re = 30 for λ = 0.1, and the peak shifted to higher Re as λ increased. Depending on the lateral migration velocity, the equilibrium position moved toward the centerline for larger λ, but moved toward the wall for larger φ and γ.

Copyright © 2011 by KSME
Topics: Channel flow



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