Molecular dynamics studies of swimming at the microscopic scale

D. C. Rapaport

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The motion of two- and three-dimensional self-propelled microscopic bodies immersed in a fluid medium is studied using molecular dynamics simulation. The advantage of the atomistic approach is that the detailed level of description allows complete freedom in specifying the swimmer design and its coupling with the surrounding fluid. A series of swimmers employing a variety of propulsion mechanisms motivated by biological and microrobotic designs is investigated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-158
Number of pages4
JournalComputer Physics Communications
Issue number1-3
StatePublished - Jul 2008


  • Low Reynolds number hydrodynamics
  • Microscale robots
  • Molecular dynamics simulation
  • Swimming mechanisms


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