Enhanced controllability of low Reynolds number swimmers in the presence of a wall

  title={Enhanced controllability of low Reynolds number swimmers in the presence of a wall},
  author={François Alouges and Antonio DeSimone and Luca Heltai and Aline Lefebvre and Beno{\^i}t Merlet and Eamonn A. Gaffney and John R. Blake},
Swimming, i.e., being able to advance in the absence of external forces by performing cyclic shape changes, is particularly demanding at low Reynolds numbers which is the regime of interest for micro-organisms and micro-robots. We focus on self-propelled stokesian robots composed of assemblies of balls and we prove that the presence of a wall has an effect on their motility. To rest on what has been done in [1] for such systems swimming on R3, we demonstrate that a controllable swimmer remains… CONTINUE READING

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