We derive the flow field disturbance produced by point viscosity variations in a heterogeneous fluid when subject to a background flow while neglecting fluid inertia. The disturbance flow field is found to be identical to that generated by a force-dipole called stresslet. Using a combination of theory and numerical simulations, we show how the hydrodynamics of an active rigid particle is altered due to the presence of point viscosity variations, and how this can be exploited to manipulate and steer them in microfluidic environments.
|Place of Publication||Ithaca, NY|
|Number of pages||21|
|Publication status||Published - 24 Mar 2022|
- heterogeneous fluid
- microfluidic environments