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Simulations of Pulsating Soft Corals

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GFSW01 - Form and deformation in solid and fluid mechanics

Soft corals of the family Xeniidae have a pulsating motion, a behavior not observed in many other sessile organisms. We are studying how this behavior may give these coral a competitive advantage. We will present direct numerical simulations of the pulsations of the coral and the resulting fluid flow by solving the Navier-Stokes equations coupled with the immersed boundary method. Furthermore, parameter sweeps studying the resulting fluid flow will be discussed. 

This talk is part of the Isaac Newton Institute Seminar Series series.

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