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Title: Effect of membrane bending stiffness on the deformation of elastic capsules in extensional flow: A lattice Boltzmann study
Authors: Sui, Y. 
Chew, Y.T. 
Roy, P. 
Low, H.T. 
Keywords: Bending stiffness
Capsule deformation
Immersed boundary method
Multiblock lattice Boltzmann model
Issue Date: Aug-2007
Citation: Sui, Y., Chew, Y.T., Roy, P., Low, H.T. (2007-08). Effect of membrane bending stiffness on the deformation of elastic capsules in extensional flow: A lattice Boltzmann study. International Journal of Modern Physics C 18 (8) : 1277-1291. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The transient deformation of liquid capsules enclosed by elastic membranes in twodimensional extensional flow is studied numerically, using an improved immersed boundary-lattice Boltzmann method. The purpose of the present study is to investigate the effect of interfacial bending stiffness on the deformation of such capsules, under the subcritical elasticity capillary number conditions. The present model can simulate flow-induced deformation of capsules with arbitrary resting shapes (concerning the inplane tension) and bending-free configurations. The deformation of capsules with initially circular, elliptical, and biconcave resting shapes was investigated in the present study; the capsules' bending-free configurations were considered as either circular shapes or their initially resting shapes. The results show that for capsules with bending-free configuration as circles, membrane bending rigidity has significant rounding effect on the steady deformed profiles. For elliptical and biconcave capsules with resting shapes as the bending-free configurations, it is found that with the bending stiffness increasing, the capsules' steady shapes are more akin to their initial shapes. © World Scientific Publishing Company.
Source Title: International Journal of Modern Physics C
ISSN: 01291831
DOI: 10.1142/S0129183107011315
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