Extreme Drag Forces and the Survival of Wind- and Water-swept Organisms

@article{Denny1994ExtremeDF,
  title={Extreme Drag Forces and the Survival of Wind- and Water-swept Organisms},
  author={Denny},
  journal={The Journal of experimental biology},
  year={1994},
  volume={194 1},
  pages={97-115}
}
  • Denny
  • Published 1994 in The Journal of experimental biology
A stationary organism exposed to steady turbulent flow is subjected to a drag force that fluctuates about a mean, and when the drag on the organism is characterized, it is traditionally this mean force that is cited. Important information is lost, however, when the fluctuations in drag are ignored. This is particularly true when extreme drag forces are relevant; for instance, when predicting the survival of benthic animals on wave-swept shores and in torrential streams, or of plants in… CONTINUE READING

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