BIOLOCOMOTION IN FLUIDS

DESIGNING OPTIMAL SWIMMING MACHINES

Swimming creatures delicately float, dance and swarm, yet they can dart to kill or hurl themselves into safe waters, displaying impressive power and, at the same time, incredible elegance. Their seemingly effortless performances are the result of millions of years of evolution which have refined their shapes, motions and behaviors in order to master the complex interplay between their bodies and the surrounding flow.
We combine theory, numerical simulations, and experiments to advance our understanding of the physical mechanisms underlying locomotion in fluids. Furthermore, numerical simulations are coupled to artificial intelligence techniques and embedded in an optimal design cycle, to identify optimal swimming shapes, patterns and cooperative behaviors given a specified objective such as efficiency or speed.

 

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