A woodpecker hammer
Vincent, J. F. V., Sahinkaya, M. N. and O'Shea, W., 2007. A woodpecker hammer. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, 221 (10), pp. 1141-1147.
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Woodpecker can be modelled as a low-inertia hammer. It uses the angular momentum of its body, generated by contraction of its leg muscles, to accelerate its head towards the tree, which it is pecking. It appears to peck at a resonant frequency.
|Creators||Vincent, J. F. V., Sahinkaya, M. N. and O'Shea, W.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords||computer simulation, contacts (fluid mechanics), hammers, angular momentum, dynamics|
|Departments||Faculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering|
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