Understanding Robustness of Magnetically Driven Helical Propulsion in Viscous Fluids Using Sensitivity Analysis

Islam S. M. Khalil*, Roberto Venezian

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Magnetically-actuated helical microrobots can propel themselves in fluids and tissues-like mediums with a wide range of Reynolds numbers (Re). The properties of physiological fluids and input parameters vary in time and space and have a direct influence on their locomotion along prescribed paths. Therefore, understanding the response of microrobots to variations in rheological properties and input parameters become increasingly important to translate them into in vivo applications. Here, a physical framework is presented to understand and predict key parameters whose uncertainty affect certain state variables most. A six-degree-of-freedom magneto-hydrodynamic model is developed based on the resistive force theory (RFT) to predict the response of robots swimming through different fluids and examine their response during transitions into Newtonian-viscoelastic interfaces. Performance of the robot, while swimming in a fluid with a fixed viscosity, is quantified using sensitivity analysis based on the magneto-hydrodynamic model. The numerical results show how abrupt changes in viscosity can affect their ability to rotate with the rotating field in synchrony. The sensitivity analysis shows that the states of the robot are mostly sensitive to variations in the actuation frequency. Open-loop experiments are performed using a permanent-magnet robotic system comprising a robotic arm and a rotating permanent magnet to actuate and control a helical robot at the Newtonian-Viscoelastic interface and validate the theoretical predictions of the RFT-based sensitivity analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Article number2100519
Pages (from-to)1-14
Number of pages14
JournalAdvanced Theory and Simulations
Issue number4
Early online date7 Feb 2022
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022


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