The propulsion mechanics of cilia-induced flow is studied through a mathematical model. The problem of two-dimensional motion of a power law fluid inside a channel with ciliated walls is considered. The characteristics of ciliary systems are determined by the dominance of viscous effects over inertial effects using the long-wavelength approximation. Solutions for the longitudinal, transverse, and resultant velocities are obtained. The pressure gradient and volume flow rate for different values of the power law index are also calculated. The flow properties for the power law fluid are determined as a function of the cilia and metachronal wave velocity. The viscous and power law fluid are compared and discussed graphically.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)
- Mechanics of Materials
- Mechanical Engineering