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A woodpecker hammer


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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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Abstract

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.

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Item Type Articles
CreatorsVincent, J. F. V., Sahinkaya, M. N. and O'Shea, W.
DOI10.1243/09544062JMES574
Uncontrolled Keywordscomputer simulation, contacts (fluid mechanics), hammers, angular momentum, dynamics
DepartmentsFaculty of Engineering & Design > Mechanical Engineering
RefereedYes
StatusPublished
ID Code1486

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