Thin-film flow beneath a vesicle during adhesion processes

Maurice J. Blount*, Michael J. Miksis, Stephen H. Davis

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Lubrication theory is used to model the dynamics of a vesicle as it adheres to a rigid horizontal substrate. Travelling-wave solutions are obtained and used to estimate the spreading of the vesicle along the substrate. The results are compared with boundary-integral simulations, and good agreement is demonstrated in cases where the vesicle's shape is already close to its equilibrium shape. In the more general case, there is a transient motion that is not described by scalings obtained using lubrication theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)33-40
Number of pages8
JournalProcedia IUTAM
StatePublished - 2015
EventIUTAM Symposium on Dynamics of Capsules, Vesicles and Cells in Flow, DynaCaps 2014 - Compiegne, France
Duration: Jul 15 2014Jul 19 2014


  • adhesion
  • boundary-integral simulations
  • lubrication flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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