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Mimicking humpback whale flippers may improve airplane wing design

design. The expanded hammerhead shark head may act like a wing.

The trick now is to figure out how to incorporate the advantage of the tubercle flipper into manmade designs, said Fish.

The research team now plans to perform a systematic engineering investigation of the role of scalloped leading edges on lift increase, drag reduction and stall delay.


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Contact: Deborah Hill
dahill@duke.edu
919-401-0299
Duke University
11-May-2004


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