Animal Locomotion

Editors: Taylor, Graham, Triantafyllou, Michael S., Tropea, Cameron (Eds.)

  • Examines the state of research on the physics of swimming and flying animals
  • Explores topics of interest in pure and applied research
  • Considers new questions arising from the development of innovative experimental techniques
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The physical principles of swimming and flying in animals are intriguingly different from those of ships and airplanes. The study of animal locomotion therefore holds a special place not only at the frontiers of pure fluid dynamics research, but also in the applied field of biomimetics, which aims to emulate salient aspects of the performance and function of living organisms. For example, fluid dynamic loads are so significant for swimming fish that they are expected to have developed efficient flow control procedures through the evolutionary process of adaptation by natural selection, which might in turn be applied to the design of robotic swimmers. And yet, sharply contrasting views as to the energetic efficiency of oscillatory propulsion – especially for marine animals – demand a careful assessment of the forces and energy expended at realistic Reynolds numbers. For this and many other research questions, an experimental approach is often the most appropriate methodology. This holds as much for flying animals as it does for swimming ones, and similar experimental challenges apply – studying tethered as opposed to free locomotion, or studying the flow around robotic models as opposed to real animals. This book provides a wide-ranging snapshot of the state-of-the-art in experimental research on the physics of swimming and flying animals. The resulting picture reflects not only upon the questions that are of interest in current pure and applied research, but also upon the experimental techniques that are available to answer them.

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From the reviews:

“This book is a collection of biomechanics locomotion papers, broadly grouped into ‘those that swim’, and ‘those that fly’. … Engineering-based research is strongly threaded throughout the book. … The variety of research being carried out in this sub-section of biomechanics is fairly represented and for those wishing to find out some of the recent advances in the field, this is an excellent starting point.” (Anna Carruthers, Aeronautical Journal, June, 2011)

Table of contents (33 chapters)

  • Swimming hydrodynamics: ten questions and the technical approaches needed to resolve them

    Lauder, George V.

    Pages 3-15

  • A potential-flow, deformable-body model for fluid-structure interactions with compact vorticity: application to animal swimming measurements

    Peng, Jifeng (et al.)

    Pages 17-26

  • Wake visualization of a heaving and pitching foil in a soap film

    Muijres, Florian T. (et al.)

    Pages 27-35

  • A harmonic model of hydrodynamic forces produced by a flapping fin

    Beal, David N. (et al.)

    Pages 37-44

  • Flowfield measurements in the wake of a robotic lamprey

    Hultmark, Marcus (et al.)

    Pages 45-52

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eBook $189.00
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Hardcover $239.00
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Animal Locomotion
Editors
  • Graham Taylor
  • Michael S. Triantafyllou
  • Cameron Tropea
Copyright
2010
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-11633-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-11633-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-11632-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 443
Additional Information
Originally published as special issue "Swimming (Vol. 43 Issue 5) und Flying (Vol. 46 Issue 5)" of the Experiments in Fluids Journal.
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