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We study the Marangoni propulsion of a spheroidal particle located at a liquid-gas interface. The particle asymmetrically releases an insoluble surface-active agent and so creates and maintains a surface tension gradient leading to the self-propulsion. Assuming that the surface tension has a linear dependence on the concentration of the released agent, we derive closed-form expressions for the translational speed of the particle in the limit of small capillary, Péclet and Reynolds numbers. Our derivations are based on the Lorentz reciprocal theorem, which eliminates the need to develop the detailed flow field.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R41-R47
JournalJournal of Fluid Mechanics
StatePublished - Feb 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


  • Interfacial flows (free surface)
  • Low-Reynolds-number flows
  • Propulsion


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