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Investigation of Arti cial Bacterial Flagella Propulsion
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Undersökning av framdrivna Artificiella bakterieflageller (Swedish)
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This thesis covers an implementation of the Boundary Element Method (BEM) to simulate an arti cial swimmer at zero Reynolds number. The swimmer has a spheroidal head, and a singular, helically shaped tail, called a agella. By imposing a rotating magnetic eld, the swimmer also rotates. This rotary motion causes the swimmer to propel forward. The implementation is inspired by a real nano robot currently being esearched by a Swiss research group 1. We explain the physical concept behind the swimmer, the governing equations and simpli cations, and the theoretical concepts behind the solution method used.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-96529OAI: diva2:531096
Available from: 2012-06-05 Created: 2012-06-05

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