Nature-Inspired Fluid Mechanics

Results of the DFG Priority Programme 1207 ”Nature-inspired Fluid Mechanics” 2006-2012

  • Cameron Tropea
  • Horst Bleckmann

Part of the Notes on Numerical Fluid Mechanics and Multidisciplinary Design book series (NNFM, volume 119)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-9
  2. Flow Control in Single Cell Organisms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Wolfgang Alt, Valter Böhm, Tobias Kaufhold, Elka Lobutova, Christian Resagk, Danja Voges et al.
      Pages 3-23
    3. Sujin B. Babu, Christian Schmeltzer, Holger Stark
      Pages 25-41
    4. Markus Engstler, Niko Heddergott, Tim Krüger, Eric Stellamanns, Sravanti Uppaluri, Thomas Pfohl
      Pages 43-61
  3. Flow Control in Insects and Birds

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 63-63
    2. Andrei Shishkin, Peter Schützner, Claus Wagner, Fritz-Olaf Lehmann
      Pages 81-99
    3. Thomas Bachmann, S. Blazek, T. Erlinghagen, W. Baumgartner, H. Wagner
      Pages 101-117
    4. Andrea Winzen, Stephan Klän, Michael Klaas, Wolfgang Schröder
      Pages 119-134
    5. Wolf Thomas, Konrath Robert, Erlinghagen Thomas, Wagner Hermann
      Pages 135-148
    6. David E. Rival, Alex Widmann, Cameron Tropea
      Pages 149-158
  4. Flow Control in Fish, Dolphins and Seals

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 159-159
    2. Horst Bleckmann, A. Przybilla, A. Klein, A. Schmitz, S. Kunze, Christoph Brücker
      Pages 161-177
    3. Andreas Pätzold, Inken Peltzer, Wolfgang Nitsche
      Pages 179-192
    4. Daniel Haller, Sebastian Neiss, Michael Kroener, Peter Woias
      Pages 193-205
    5. Vadim Pavlov, Donald Riedeberger, Ulrich Rist, Ursula Siebert
      Pages 239-253
    6. Wolf Hanke, Sven Wieskotten, Benedikt Niesterok, Lars Miersch, Matthias Witte, Martin Brede et al.
      Pages 255-270
    7. Matthias Witte, Wolf Hanke, Sven Wieskotten, Lars Miersch, Martin Brede, Guido Dehnhardt et al.
      Pages 271-289
  5. Flow Control in Human Swimmers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 291-291
    2. Stefan Hochstein, Steffen Pacholak, Christoph Brücker, Reinhard Blickhan
      Pages 293-308
  6. Flow Control with Aid of Compliant Walls, Airfoils, Wave-Like Riblets

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 309-309
    2. René Grüneberger, Felix Kramer, Erik Wassen, Wolfram Hage, Robert Meyer, Frank Thiele
      Pages 311-329
    3. Stephan Bansmer, Nadine Buchmann, Rolf Radespiel, Ralf Unger, Matthias Haupt, Peter Horst et al.
      Pages 331-354
    4. Thomas Geyer, Ennes Sarradj, Christoph Fritzsche
      Pages 355-370
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 371-374

About this book


This book is the closing report of the national priority program Nature-Inspired Fluid Mechanics (Schwerpunktprogramm SPP 1207: Strömungsbeeinflussung in der Natur und Technik). Nature-inspired fluid mechanics is one subset of biomimetics, a discipline which has received increased attention over the last decade, with numerous faculties and degree courses devoted solely to exploring ‘nature as a model’ for engineering applications. To save locomotion energy, evolution has optimized the design of animals such that friction loss is minimized. In addition to many morphological adaptations, animals that are often exposed to water or air currents have developed special behaviors that allow them to use the energy contained in air or water fluctuations for energy savings. Such flow manipulation and control is not only important for many animals, but also for many engineering applications. Since living beings have been optimized by several million years of evolution it is very likely that many engineering disciplines can profit from the study of systems found in nature. Curiously, there has been little serious cross-disciplinary work and information exchange on the topic of fluid dynamics and flow control and this was the initial motivation to establish this national priority program.


Boundary Layer Control with Compliant Walls Flapping Flight with Flexible Wings Insect Flight Locomotion of Fish Locomotion with Flagella Movement of Proteins on Trypanosomes Noise Reduction of Flight through Porous Structures

Editors and affiliations

  • Cameron Tropea
    • 1
  • Horst Bleckmann
    • 2
  1. 1.FG Strömungslehre und AerodynamikTU Darmstadt FB 16 MaschinenbauDarmstadtGermany
  2. 2.BonnGermany

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering Engineering (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-28301-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-28302-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1612-2909
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-0824
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