Particle motion nearby rough surfaces

Christina Kurzthaler, Lailai Zhu, Amir A. Pahlavan, Howard A. Stone

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We study the hydrodynamic coupling between particles and solid, rough boundaries characterized by random surface textures. Using the Lorentz reciprocal theorem, we derive analytical expressions for the grand mobility tensor of a spherical particle and find that roughness-induced velocities vary nonmonotonically with the characteristic wavelength of the surface. In contrast to sedimentation near a planar wall, our theory predicts continuous particle translation transverse and perpendicular to the applied force. Most prominently, this motion manifests itself in a variance of particle displacements that grows quadratically in time along the direction of the force.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number082101
JournalPhysical Review Fluids
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computational Mechanics
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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