Prediction of noninertial focusing of red blood cells in Poiseuille flow

Daniel S. Hariprasad, Timothy W Secomb

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The motions of a red blood cell in Poiseuille flows in a range of channel widths are simulated using a two-dimensional model. For a range of initial off-centerline distances in a 12-μm channel, cell trajectories converge to a specific off-centerline position and exhibit tank-treading motions. This behavior coexists with initial positions that lead to migration towards the centerline. The predicted off-centerline focusing effect is shown to depend on the curvature of the flow profile and on interactions with both solid boundaries.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number033008
JournalPhysical Review E - Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 9 2015


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Statistical and Nonlinear Physics
  • Statistics and Probability

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