Whales to Wings: The Hydrodynamics of Humpback Whales [F-17-60]

Presenter:Douglas (Doug) Bohl
Location: SUNY Potsdam: Maxcy 104
Classes: 1 Session 1.5 hours
Dates: Mon 2:30 PM 09/25
Status: CLOSED

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Humpback whales are recognized in the animal kingdom for their high degree of maneuverability given their body size. The front edges of a humpback whale’s flippers are unique in that they are characterized by protuberances, or tubercles, which we believe leads to this high maneuverability. In this session, we investigate the effect of adding leading edge protuberances on the aerodynamics of a wing. We will conclude by discussing how these bumps could be adapted for other applications to increase efficiency.

Doug Bohl is a professor of Mechanical Engineering at Clarkson University. His research expertise is in the experimental investigation of unsteady aerodynamics, liquid/solid flows, and effects of the release of hazardous materials into the atmosphere.

Cap: 50

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