Principles of design of fluid transport systems in zoology.

@article{Labarbera1990PrinciplesOD,
  title={Principles of design of fluid transport systems in zoology.},
  author={Michael Labarbera},
  journal={Science},
  year={1990},
  volume={249 4972},
  pages={992-1000}
}
Fluid transport systems mediate the transfer of materials both within an organism and between an organism and its environment. The architecture of fluid transport systems is determined by the small distances over which transfer processes are effective and by hydrodynamic and energetic constraints. All fluid transport systems within organisms exhibit one of two geometries, a simple tube interrupted by a planar transfer region or a branched network of vessels linking widely distributed transfer… CONTINUE READING
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