Whiskers reduce drag: harbor seals
The highly sensitive whiskers of harbor seals reduce vortex-induced vibrations during swimming thanks to their undulated surface structure.
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Phoca vitulina Linnaeus, 1758
IUCN Red List Status: Least Concern
Some organism data provided by: ITIS: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System
Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Reducing drag on rod-like objects caused by vortex-shedding. Flow sensors for underwater vehicles or parts of buildings and offshore facilities with reduced vibrations from wind or water flow. Suppression of vortex-induced vibrations in flexible structures with low mass.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Aquatics, architecture, building, automotive
Prof. Dr. Guido Dehnhardt
University of Rostock