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Journal Articles Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics Year : 2013

Characterizing the membrane properties of capsules flowing in a square-section microfluidic channel: Effects of the membrane constitutive law

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A microfluidic method is presented to measure the elastic membrane properties of a population of microcapsules with diameter of order 60 μm. The technique consists of flowing a suspension of capsules enclosed by a polymerized ovalbumin membrane through a square-section microfluidic channel with cross dimension comparable with the capsule mean diameter. The deformed profile and the velocity of a given capsule are recorded. A full mechanical model of the motion and deformation of an initially spherical capsule flowing inside a square-section channel is designed for different flow strengths, confinement ratios, and membrane constitutive laws. The experimental deformed profiles are analyzed with the numerical model. This allows us to find the ratio between the viscous and elastic forces and thus the shear elastic modulus of the membrane. We show that the ovalbumin membrane tends to have a strain-softening behavior under the conditions studied here.
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hal-02019731 , version 1 (14-02-2019)

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X.-Q. Hu, B. Sévénié, Anne-Virginie Salsac, E. Leclerc, D. Barthès-Biesel. Characterizing the membrane properties of capsules flowing in a square-section microfluidic channel: Effects of the membrane constitutive law. Physical Review E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics, 2013, 87 (6), pp.063008. ⟨10.1103/PhysRevE.87.063008⟩. ⟨hal-02019731⟩
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