Singularity Methods in Stokes Flow: from Spheres to Sperm!

7 February 2012
13:30
Mark Curtis
Abstract

 When modelling the motion of a sperm cell in the female reproductive tract, the Reynolds number is found to be very small, thus allowing the nonlinear Navier-Stokes equations to simplify to the linear Stokes equations stating that pressure, viscous and body forces balance each other at any instant in time. A wide range of analytical techniques can be applied to investigate the Stokes flow past a moving body. In this talk, we introduce various Stokes flow singularities and illustrate how they can provide a handy starting point (ansatz) when trying to determine the form of the flow field around certain bodies, from simple translating spheres to beating sperm tails.

  • Junior Applied Mathematics Seminar