Hydromechanical Aspects of Fish Swimming

  • J. N. Newman
  • T. Y. Wu


The swimming motions of large aquatic animals are fascinating to behold. Their impressive performance is too difficult for human beings to emulate, either with our bodies or with our machines, and we can only marvel at the ability of these creatures in the sea to attain high maximum speeds, efficiency of transportation, or special maneuvering capabilities. With increasing interest hydrodynamicists have studied the interactions of these animals with their surrounding fluid medium, and we shall briefly review the recent progress in this quest. For simplicity we use the term ‘fish’ to describe both fish and cetaceans.


Swimming Speed Thrust Force Vortex Sheet Thin Boundary Layer Swimming Motion 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. N. Newman
    • 1
  • T. Y. Wu
    • 2
  1. 1.Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.California Institute of TechnologyPasadenaUSA

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