Orientation dependent elastic stress concentration at tips of slender objects translating in viscoelastic fluids
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Orientation dependent elastic stress concentration at tips of slender objects translating in viscoelastic fluids

  • Author(s): Li, C
  • Thomases, B
  • Guy, RD
  • et al.
Abstract

Elastic stress concentration at tips of long slender objects moving in viscoelastic fluids has been observed in numerical simulations, but despite the prevalence of flagellated motion in complex fluids in many biological functions, the physics of stress accumulation near tips has not been analyzed. We calculate a stretch rate from the viscous flow around cylinders to predict when large elastic stress develops at tips, find thresholds for large stress development depending on orientation, and calculate greater stress accumulation near tips of cylinders oriented tangential to motion over normal.

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