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Simulations of Pulsating Soft Corals

Presented by: 
Shilpa Khatri University of California, Merced
Tuesday 19th September 2017 - 13:30 to 14:10
INI Seminar Room 1
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. 
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