Numerical modelling of bacterium contact

Duration of the project

01.06.2018. - 30.11.2018.

Countries and institutions involved in the project

Vilnius Gediminas Technical University
Technical University of Berlin

Aim of the project

In order to understand and predict various industrial processes influenced by ultrafine particles, the study of bacteria (cells) which are an important representative of ultrafine objects is the way suggested here. The benefit of the proposed investigation is the ability to use the models to be derived for description of the various processes, related to ultrafine particles. In known literature, there is only a small number of models published, which describe the mechanical behaviour of adhesive cells during their deformation and sticking process. In this work, we are seeking to develop new currently unavailable interaction models. The developed models will contribute to the development/evolution of mechanical sciences and will allow for the investigation of biological object properties/characteristic behaviour for the first time. The project is thereby following an interdisciplinary approach. In Lithuania, the proposed idea of the project is new. There are no theoretical investigations ongoing of ultrafine single particles or cell mechanical behaviour during its deformation, by applying the discrete element method (DEM). Additionally, there are no physical experiments performed for this selected topic.

Main activities of the project

  1. Main activities of the project will be performed at the Vilnius Gediminas Technical University.
  2. Other activities will be performed at the Technical University of Berlin.

Activities: performing research and writing a manuscript based on obtained results, visit partner in Germany, visit partner in Lithuania, organization of a Mini-Workshop

Target group and number of persons involved

Target group 2 researchers. In this project the main activities were

performed by: Dr. Raimondas Jasevičius,

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Harald Kruggel-Emden.

Indirect group: 3 researchers.

Participants (mini-workshop): 24 researchers.