Volume 17, Issue 4
Computational Modeling of Membrane Viscosity of Red Blood Cells

John Gounley and Yan Peng


Commun. Comput. Phys., 17 (2015), pp. 1073-1087.

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  • Abstract

Despite its demonstrated importance in the deformation and dynamics of red blood cells, membrane viscosity has not received the same attention in computational models as elasticity and bending stiffness. Recent experiments on red blood cells indicated a power law response due to membrane viscosity. This is potentially much different from the solid viscoelastic models, such as Kelvin-Voigt and standard linear solid (SLS), currently used in computation to describe this aspect of the membrane. Within the context of a framework based on lattice Boltzmann and immersed boundary methods, we introduce SLS and power law models for membrane viscosity. We compare how the Kelvin-Voigt (as approximated by SLS) and power law models alter the deformation and dynamics of a spherical capsule in shear flows.

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Published online: 2018-04

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