MHD self-propulsion of deformable shapes

T. Miloh*

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It is demonstrated analytically that an insulating deformable body can self-propel itself in a quiescent conducting and incompressible fluid by means of an externally applied uniform magnetic field. In particular, it is proven that such a body can accelerate persistently from rest by executing periodic controlled surface deformation. The newly found MHD self-propulsion mechanism is more pronounced compared to that existing in non-conducting fluids.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Engineering Mechanics Reflections and Outlooks
Subtitle of host publicationIn Honor of Theodore Y-T Wu
PublisherWorld Scientific Publishing Co.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9789812702128
ISBN (Print)9812561447, 9789812561442
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2005


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