Propulsion and Mixing Generated by the Digitized Gait of Caenorhabditis elegans

  title={Propulsion and Mixing Generated by the Digitized Gait of 
Caenorhabditis elegans},
  author={Ahmad Zareei and Mir Abbas Jalali and Mohsen Saadat and Peter Grenfell and Mohammad-Reza Alam},
  journal={Physical Review Applied},
Nematodes have evolved to swim in highly viscous environments. Artificial mechanisms that mimic the locomotory functions of nematodes can be efficient viscous pumps. We experimentally simulate the motion of the head segment of Caenorhabditis elegans by introducing a reciprocating and rocking blade. We show that the bio-inspired blade's motion not only induces a flow structure similar to that of the worm, but also mixes the surrounding fluid by generating a circulatory flow. When confined… 



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