Microswimmer Propulsion by Two Steadily Rotating Helical Flagella

Many theoretical studies of bacterial locomotion adopt a simple model for the organism consisting of a spheroidal cell body and a single corkscrew-shaped flagellum that rotates to propel the body forward. Henry Shum extended the model by considering two flagella attached to the cell body and rotating about their respective axes.

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