Editorial

Editorial Exp Fluids (2007) 43:639 DOI 10.1007/s00348-007-0413-0 Michael Triantafyllou Published online: 17 October 2007 Springer-Verlag 2007 Biomimesis is a recently coined word denoting the energetics of the flow; these will also drive further work in endeavor to emulate the performance and function of live terms of sensing and control as applied by live animals. organisms. The principles of fish and bird locomotion hold Observations and flow visualization with live fish and a special place in the field of biomimetics, because they are experimentation with robotic fish-like swimming devices intriguingly different from the engineering principles are unique tools in exploring the properties of the flow applied in ships and airplanes. Fluid loads are so significant structures produced by fish. for moving fish and birds that they are expected to have The field of micro-organism swimming is equally developed efficient flow control procedures through evo- intriguing and with potentially even more significant con- lutionary progress—a clear case where fluid mechanics tributions to understanding the function of life; it is a field should matter most. And yet, sharply contrasting views as that will grow rapidly in the near future. to the energy efficiency of this different paradigm of pro- In preparing this special issue a special thanks goes out pulsion, especially for marine animals, requires a careful to all the authors and referees who made a great effort to assessment of the forces and energy expended at realistic deliver their manuscripts, reviews and revisions in a timely Reynolds numbers—hence, an experimental approach is manner. Furthermore it has been a pleasure to work toge- often the most appropriate methodology. ther with the staff at Springer-Verlag, who helped This special issue on Swimming is intended to provide coordinate the production of all contributions in a single as many answers as to pose problems for further study. manuscript. While there has been great progress in identifying the principles and role of vorticity shedding and control in fish Michael Triantafyllou swimming, much remains to be done in terms of the three- dimensional structure of the vortical patterns and the Guest Editor M. Triantafyllou (&) MIT, Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, 77 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139, USA e-mail: mistetri@mit.edu http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Experiments in Fluids Springer Journals
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Springer-Verlag
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Copyright © 2007 by Springer-Verlag
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Engineering; Engineering Fluid Dynamics; Fluid- and Aerodynamics; Engineering Thermodynamics, Heat and Mass Transfer
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0723-4864
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1432-1114
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10.1007/s00348-007-0413-0
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