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Aquatic suction feeding dynamics: insights from computational modelling
Van Wassenbergh, S.; Aerts, Peter, P., P. (2009). Aquatic suction feeding dynamics: insights from computational modelling. J. R. Soc. Interface 6(31): 149-158. dx.doi.org/10.1098/rsif.2008.0311
In: Journal of the Royal Society. Interface. The Royal Society: London. ISSN 1742-5689, more
Peer reviewed article  

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 218923 [ OMA ]

Keywords
    Computational fluid dynamics; Feeding; Hydrodynamics; Modelling; Viscosity; Marine
Author keywords
    prey capture

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  • Van Wassenbergh, S., more
  • Aerts, Peter, P., P., more

Abstract
    Aquatic suction feeding in vertebrates involves extremely unsteady flow, externally as well as internally of the expanding mouth cavity. Consequently, studying the hydrodynamics involved in this process is a challenging research area, where experimental studies and mathematical models gradually aid our understanding of how suction feeding works mechanically. Especially for flow patterns inside the mouth cavity, our current knowledge is almost entirely based on modelling studies. In the present paper, we critically discuss some of the assumptions and limitations of previous analytical models of suction feeding using computational fluid dynamics.

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