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Resonance

, Volume 13, Issue 7, pp 638–647 | Cite as

Why do elephants have big ear flaps?

  • Arunn NarasimhanEmail author
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Abstract

In this essay we shall try to answer the question in the title with some geometry and heat transfer thrown in for effect. For doing so, as the joke goes, allow me to assume the elephant as a sphere. The reason will be apparent soon.

Keywords

Heat transfer thermo-regulation convection elephants 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Heat Transfer and Thermal Power Laboratory Department of Mechanical EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

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