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Fall 2017
Nov 14, 2019
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ENGN 2921 - Swimming and Flying: The Mechanics of Animal Locomotion
The course will cover several topics concerning the mechanics that describe the motion of animals through fluids, ranging from swimming of bacteria and fish and the flight of insects and vertebrates. Topics: swimming of microorganisms in which flows are dominated by viscous stresses. Swimming of larger-scale animals such as fish in which the flow can be described by inviscid dynamics. Mechanics of flight include insects, birds, and bats. Course emphasis will be on fluid mechanics with aspects of fluid-solid interactions also covered, e.g., the behavior of flexible flagella. Experimental techniques for measurement of biological locomotion will also be discussed.
1.000 Credit hours
1.000 Lecture hours

Levels: Graduate, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Primary Meeting

Engineering Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     

Graduate level ENGN 2810 Minimum Grade of S or Graduate level APMA 2410 Minimum Grade of S

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