Flexible superparamagnetic filaments are studied under the influence of fast precessing magnetic fields using simulations and a continuum approximation analysis. We find that individual filaments can be made to exert controllable tensile forces along the precession axis. These forces are exploited for microscopic actuation. In bulk, the filaments can be rapidly assembled into different configurations whose material properties depend on the field parameters. The precession frequency affects filament aggregation and conformation by changing the net torques on the filament ends. Using a time-dependent precession angle allows considerable freedom in choosing properties for filament aggregates. As an example, we design a field that twists chains together to dynamically assemble a self-healing gel.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
- Statistics and Probability
- Condensed Matter Physics