Invited presentation by Dr. Oscar Curet

Invited Presentation

"The hydrodynamics of elongated fin propulsion: from weakly electric fish to biomimetic underwater vehicles."


Dr. Oscar Curet

Assistant Professor, Department of Ocean and Mechanical Engineering
Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL


Date: Monday, August 12th, 2013
Time: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Building 50, Room 3104


Hosted by Dr. Juan Aceros

Abstract: Weakly electric knifefish have intrigue biologist and engineers with their unique electrosensory and swimming capabilities. These nocturnal fish navigate by generating an electric field and sensing the perturbations in the field as objects pass through. To generate thrust, the fish undulates an elongated ribbon fin that allows them to swim forward and backward, as well as to hover and swim upward. These remarkable propulsion and sensing abilities have the potential to guide novel technology for highly maneuverable underwater vehicles capable of exploring complex environments. In this talk, Dr. Curet will discuss the hydrodynamics of the elongated fin and its implications for knifefish locomotion and bio-inspired underwater vehicles.




Biography: Dr. Curet completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering at Northwestern University, Chicago IL, with specialization on the propulsion of knifefish. From 2010 to 2012 he was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Brown University, Providence, RI, where he studied the mechanics of bat flight using a simple self-excited wing model to explore the fluid-
structure interaction and the emergence of flapping motion in animal flight. Additionally, Dr. Curet worked with electrically adapted wing membranes to develop highly maneuverable air vehicles. Dr. Curet’s research interests include fluid dynamics, animal locomotion, biomimetics, biological propulsion, fluid-structure interaction, flow visualization, and energy harvesting.

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