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The equilibria of vesicles adhered to substrates by short-ranged potentials

Blount, Maurice J., Miksis, Michael J. and Davis, Stephen H. 2013. The equilibria of vesicles adhered to substrates by short-ranged potentials. Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences 469 (2153) , 20120729. 10.1098/rspa.2012.0729

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In equilibrium, a vesicle that is adhered to a horizontal substrate by a long-range attractive, short-range repulsive force traps a thin layer of fluid beneath it. In the asymptotic limit that this layer is very thin, there are quasi-two-dimensional boundary-layer structures near the edges of the vesicle, where the membrane's shape is governed by a balance between bending and adhesive stresses. These boundary layers are analysed to obtain corrections to simpler models that instead represent the adhesive interaction by a contact potential, thereby resolving apparent discontinuities that arise when such models are used. Composite expansions of the shapes of two-dimensional vesicles are derived. When, in addition, the adhesive interaction is very strong, there is a nested boundary-layer structure for which the adhesive boundary layers match towards sharp corners where bending stresses remain important but adhesive stresses are negligible. Outside these corners, bending stresses are negligible and the vesicle's shape is given approximately by the arc of a circle. Simple composite expansions of the vesicle's shape are derived that account for the shape of the membrane inside these corners.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Mathematics
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: asymptotic analysis; vesicle; adhesion; bending stresses
Publisher: Royal Society
ISSN: 1364-5021
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 04:30

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