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The performance of discrete models of low reynolds number swimmers

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  • Swimming by shape changes at low Reynolds number is widely used in biology and understanding how the performance of movement depends on the geometric pattern of shape changes is important to understand swimming of microorganisms and in designing low Reynolds number swimming models. The simplest models of shape changes are those that comprise a series of linked spheres that can change their separation and/or their size. Herein we compare the performance of three models in which these modes are used in different ways.
    Mathematics Subject Classification: Primary: 92C45, 92C50; Secondary: 92B05.


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