Autonomous motility of active filaments due to spontaneous flow-symmetry breaking.


We simulate the nonlocal Stokesian hydrodynamics of an elastic filament which is active due a permanent distribution of stresslets along its contour. A bending instability of an initially straight filament spontaneously breaks flow symmetry and leads to autonomous filament motion which, depending on conformational symmetry, can be translational or… (More)
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.109.158302


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