SKM 2023 – wissenschaftliches Programm

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CPP: Fachverband Chemische Physik und Polymerphysik

CPP 38: Microswimmers and Fluid Physics of Life (joint session DY/CPP)

CPP 38.7: Vortrag

Mittwoch, 29. März 2023, 16:45–17:00, MOL 213

Role of cohesion in the flow of active particles through bottlenecks — •Timo Knippenberg1, Anton Lüders1, Celia Lozano2, Peter Nielaba1, and Clemens Bechinger11Fachbereich Physik, Universität Konstanz, Germany — 2Bosonit, AI Department, La Rioja, Spain

Recently, many studies examined the intermittent flow of granular particles through bottleneck-shaped apertures. A common framework which describes the occurring flow statistics was empirically found for a wide range of such systems reaching from microscopic colloids and macroscopic grains up to sheep herds. However, similar studies with active matter are scarce and do merely consider steric agent interactions. Here, we experimentally and numerically study the flow of programmable, colloidal active Janus swimmers through bottlenecks. Our results confirm the applicability of the above-mentioned statistical framework of granular intermittent flow also on complex-interacting active microswimmers. Moreover, upon increasing the strength of interparticle cohesion, we find a transition from an arch-dominated clogging regime to a cohesion-dominated regime where droplets form at the outlet. The flow-rate only weakly depends on the cohesion strength in the arch-dominated regime, which suggests that cohesion needs not necessarily to hinder particle flow through geometric constrictions or pores.

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