Bio-mechanisms of Swimming and Flying

Fluid Dynamics, Biomimetic Robots, and Sports Science

  • Naomi Kato
  • Shinji Kamimura

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIV
  2. Biological Aspects of Locomotive Mechanisms and Behaviors of Animals While Swimming and Flying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Tomonobu Goto, Seishi Kudo, Yukio Magariyama
      Pages 3-15
    3. Takuji Ishikawa, Takami Yamaguchi, T. J. Pedley
      Pages 17-28
    4. Naoko Ogawa, Hiromasa Oku, Koichi Hashimoto, Masatoshi Ishikawa
      Pages 29-40
    5. Akitoshi Itoh, Wataru Tamura
      Pages 41-52
    6. Malcolm S. Gordon, Dean V. Lauritzen, Alexis M. Wiktorowicz
      Pages 53-65
    7. Wataru Seki, Shingo Kato, Shinji Saito, Takashi Yokoi
      Pages 79-90
    8. Tomonari Akamatsu, Ding Wang, Kexiong Wang, Yasuhiko Naito
      Pages 117-127
  3. Hydrodynamics of Swimming and Flying

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Xi-Yun Lu, Xie-Zhen Yin, Bing-Gang Tong
      Pages 143-154
    3. Stefan Kern, Philippe Chatelain, Petros Koumoutsakos
      Pages 167-178
    4. Kei Senda, Masakazu Sawamoto, Masahiko Kitamura, Tsuyoshi Tanaka
      Pages 193-204

About these proceedings


Biomechanics studies of animals in swimming and flying can serve an increasing role in understanding the mechanisms that enable animals to move effectively and efficiently in fluid, as well as analyzing the characteristics of their various forms of behavior in fluid. The rich variety of mechanisms employed by swimming and flying organisms has long been an inspiration for engineers and scientists. These areas of research, which form the basis of this volume, include the locomotive mechanisms and behaviors of animals in swimming and flying ranging from microorganisms to dolphins from the biological aspect, hydrodynamics of swimming and flying, biomimetic swimming or flying robots, and sports science. This book follows "Bio-mechanisms of Animals in Swimming and Flying" published in 2004 including 11 chapters. This time, the book includes 31 chapters on the latest researches into natural autonomous systems and locomotion in both flying and swimming organisms. The area of sports science such as analysis and simulation of human swimming is newly added. The computational frameworks for the modeling, simulation and optimization of animals in swimming and flying demonstrate an important role in the progress of interdisciplinary work in the fields of biology and engineering. An innovative technology is exhibited for the flight of an insect size micro air vehicle. Neuronal science is not only unveiling the locomotion mechanisms of swimming in fish from the aspect of the neuronal activities, but also applied to underwater biomimetic robots. The interdisciplinary works are exhibited in the fields of biology and engineering, yielding real-world benefits in innovative technologies.


Biofluid dynamics Biomimetic robot Locomotion biomechanics cells sports sports science

Editors and affiliations

  • Naomi Kato
    • 1
  • Shinji Kamimura
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering Graduate School of EngineeringOsaka UniversityOsakaJapan
  2. 2.Division of Biology, Department of Life Sciences Graduate School of Arts and SciencesThe University of TokyoTokyoJapan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer 2008
  • Publisher Name Springer, Tokyo
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-4-431-73379-9
  • Online ISBN 978-4-431-73380-5
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