On the problem of slipper shapes of red blood cells in the microvasculature.

  title={On the problem of slipper shapes of red blood cells in the microvasculature.},
  author={Noria Tahiri and Thierry Biben and Hamid Ez-Zahraouy and A. Benyoussef and Chaouqi Misbah},
  journal={Microvascular research},
Red blood cells (RBC) are known to exhibit non symmetric (slipper) shapes in the microvasculature. Vesicles have been recently used as a model for RBC and numerical simulations proved the existence of slipper shapes under Poiseuille flow (both in unconfined and confined geometry). However, in our recent numerical simulations the transition from symmetric (parachute) shape to the slipper one was found to take place upon decreasing the flow strength, while experiments on RBCs showed the contrary… CONTINUE READING


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