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Embracing the Dolphin: Redefining the sport of swimming

Date: 05 May 2014
Presenters:
Frank Fish-Professor of Biology, West Chester University

Synopsis

Records in human swimming performance are reaching diminishing returns due to the constraints of training, physiology and swimming mode within the confines of competition rules. However, new records in human swimming performance can be extended with the inclusion of biomimetic structures to enhance speed through increased thrust production and minimization of hydrodynamic drag. This use of biomimetics extends from examination of high performance aquatic species, such as dolphins.

Biography

Dr Frank Fish received a PhD in Zoology from Michigan State University, US. Dr Fish has published over 100 research articles that focus on the energetics, mechanics, and hydrodynamics of aquatic locomotion by animals and construction of biomimetic robot designs.

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