Mechanics of swimming and flying

Stephen Childress

This book provides a clear and concise summary of the fluid dynamics of the locomotion of living organisms. The biological phenomena described in detail range from the swimming of bacteria and fish to the flying of insects and birds. The breadth of treatment requires the study of two basic fluid-dynamical regimes. In the first case, that of small organisms, the viscosity of the fluid is paramount in deciding the most effective swimming strategy. However, for larger insects, birds, and most fish, the viscosity of the air or water may be treated as if it were zero, and resulting mechanisms of propulsion are very different. Both these types are studied, with emphasis on the unsteady character of natural movements. Written for the advanced student, this volume assumes familiarity with basic fluid mechanics, although some elementary topics are included. It will be readily accessible to students of applied mathematics and biologists who have engineering or physics backgrounds.

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[目次]

  • Preface
  • 1. General considerations
  • 2. The Stokesian realm
  • 3. Swimming of a sheet
  • 4. The biology of low-Reynolds-number locomotion
  • 5. Resistive-force theory of flagellar propulsion
  • 6. Analysis of the flagellum
  • 7. Ciliary propulsion
  • 8. The Eulerian realm: the inertial force
  • 9. The Eulerian realm: the vortex force
  • 10. The swimming of fish
  • 11. Some aspects of the aerodynamics of birds and insects
  • 12. Interactions
  • References
  • Index.

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書名 Mechanics of swimming and flying
著作者等 Cannings, C.
Hoppensteadt, Frank C.
Segel, L. A.
Childress Stephen
シリーズ名 Cambridge studies in mathematical biology
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 1981
ページ数 x, 155 p.
大きさ 23 cm
ISBN 0521280710
0521236134
NCID BA03233938
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス
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