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Michael Siegel : Elastic capsules in viscous flow

Elastic capsules occur in nature in the form of cells and vesicles and are manufactured for biomedical applications. They are widely modeled but there are few analytical results. In this talk, complex variable techniques are used to derive semi-analytic solutions for the steady-state response and time-dependent evolution of elastic capsules in 2D Stokes flow. The analysis is complemented by spectrally accurate numerical simulations of the time-dependent evolution. One motivation for this work is to provide analytical solutions to help validate the accuracy of numerical methods for elastic membranes in flow. A second motivation is to clarify the steady response of capsules in some canonical flows. Finally, we investigate the formation of finite-time cusp singularities, of which there are only a few examples in interfacial Stokes flow, and where none involve elastic interfaces. This is joint work with Michael Booty and Michael Higley.

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