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Hydrodynamics Of Swimming Microorganisms In Complex Fluids, Gaojin Li Dec 2016

Hydrodynamics Of Swimming Microorganisms In Complex Fluids, Gaojin Li

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Swimming motion of microorganisms, such as spermatozoa, plankton, algae and bacteria, etc., ubiquitously occurs in nature. It affects many biological processes, including reproduction, infection and the marine life ecosystem. The hydrodynamic effects are important in microorganism swimming, their nutrient uptake, fertilization, collective motions and formation of colonies. In nature, microorganisms have evolved to use various fascinating ways for locomotion and transport. Different designs are also developed for the locomotion of artificial nano- and microswimmers. In this study, we use several different computational models to investigate the behavior of microswimmers.

Microorganisms typically swim in the low Reynolds number regime, where inertia ...


A Computational Analysis Of The Aerodynamic And Aeromechanical Behavior Of The Purdue Multistage Compressor, David Monk Oct 2014

A Computational Analysis Of The Aerodynamic And Aeromechanical Behavior Of The Purdue Multistage Compressor, David Monk

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Compressor design programs are becoming more reliant on computational tools to predict and optimize aerodynamic and aeromechanical behavior within a compressor. Recent trends in compressor development continue to push for more efficient, lighter weight, and higher performance machines. To meet these demands, designers must better understand the complex nature of the inherently unsteady flow physics inside of a compressor. As physical testing can be costly and time prohibitive, CFD and other computational tools have become the workhorse during design programs.

The objectives of this research were to investigate the aerodynamic and aeromechanical behavior of the Purdue multistage compressor, as well ...