Fluid vesicles in shear flow

Martin Kraus, Wolfgang Wintz, Udo Seifert, Reinhard Lipowsky

246 Citations (Scopus)


The shape dynamics of fluid vesicles is governed by the coupling of the flow within the two-dimensional membrane to the hydrodynamics of the surrounding bulk fluid. We present a numerical scheme which is capable of solving this flow problem for arbitrarily shaped vesicles using the Oseen tensor formalism. For the particular problem of simple shear flow, stationary shapes are found for a large range of parameters. The dependence of the orientation of the vesicle and the membrane velocity on shear rate and vesicle volume can be understood from a simplified model.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number17
Pages (from-to)3685-3688
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 1996


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