Integral Equation Methods for Two-Dimensional Vesicle Dynamics

Bryan Quaife

University of Texas at Austin


I will present equations that govern vesicles, a closed inextensible lipid membrane, suspended in a two-dimensional Stokes flow. Integral equations are used to recast the equations as a system of integro-differential equations. In order to simulate suspensions that contain large volume fractions of vesicles, we require preconditioners, fast summation methods, near-singular integration, and adaptive time stepping. Results for bounded and unbounded flows will be presented.

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