Life in Moving Fluids: The Physical Biology of Flow

  title={Life in Moving Fluids: The Physical Biology of Flow},
  author={Steven Kent Vogel},
Both a landmark text and reference book, Steven Vogel's "Life in Moving Fluids" has also played a catalytic role in research involving the applications of fluid mechanics to biology. In this revised edition, Vogel continues to combine humor and clear explanations as he addresses biologists and general readers interested in biological fluid mechanics, offering updates on the field over the last dozen years and expanding the coverage of the biological literature. His discussion of the… 


An example of a laboratory exercise in insect dispersal/drag using a terminal velocity assay is briefly discussed and the importance of fluid mechanical concepts for biological areas is discussed.

Mechanics of a Plant in Fluid Flow.

  • F. Gosselin
  • Engineering
    Journal of experimental botany
  • 2019
This review paper surveys the mechanics of FSI on individual plants and covers the dynamical phenomena of wave action, flutter, and vortex-induced vibrations.

Modeling Blood Flow in the Aorta

Fluid dynamics is a field of engineering that examines the interactions of fluids such as air and water with manmade structures and Vogel (1983) examines these phenomena in more detail.

Microscale swimming: the molecular dynamics approach.

  • D. Rapaport
  • Physics, Engineering
    Physical review letters
  • 2007
A series of two-dimensional swimming bodies employing a variety of propulsion mechanisms-motivated by biological and microrobotic designs-is investigated, including the use of moving limbs, changing body shapes, and fluid jets.

Ancient life and moving fluids

Key questions, barriers, and emerging techniques in fluid dynamics will not only allow us to understand the earliest animal ecosystems better, but will also help to develop new palaeobiological tools for studying ancient life.

On the diverse roles of fluid dynamic drag in animal swimming and flying

The crucial role of drag is discussed from another point of view that concerns the fluid–structure interaction problem of animal locomotion, and the dynamic subtleties brought by the quadratic drag that resists transverse motions of a flexible body or appendage performing complex kinematics are considered.

A review of fish swimming mechanics and behaviour in altered flows

  • J. Liao
  • Environmental Science, Biology
    Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
  • 2007
New data are presented here which show that behaviour changes in altered flows when either the lateral line or vision is blocked, showing that fish rely on multi-modal sensory inputs to negotiate complex flow environments.

To go with the flow: Molecular motors are a drag

The goal of this thesis is to explain the underlying mechanism that makes this possible and to provide a possible explanation for cytoplasmic and axoplasmic streaming.

A Review of Biological Fluid Power Systems and Their Potential Bionic Applications

This in-depth study and exploration of biological hydraulic systems can provide a good reference for solving the challenges of using hydraulic systems, such as increasing the energy efficiency, improving reliability, building smart components and systems, reduced the size and weight of components, reducing the environmental impact of systems, and improving and applying energy storage and redeployment capabilities.