Originally published in 1988, this book is about the uses and implications of elastic properties in various aspects of animal biology. After a brief study of the properties of elastic materials, the book considers the functions of springs in the bodies of animals. Drawing on specific examples, the uses of elastic structures as, amongst other things, muscle antagonists, energy stores, catapults and suspension springs are described. This book will be of value to anyone with an interest in animal mechanics.
|Publisher:||Cambridge University Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.31(d)|
Table of ContentsPreface; 1. Elastic materials; 2. Springs as muscle antagonists; 3. Springs as energy stores: running; 4. Springs as energy stores: swimming and flight; 5. Fibre-wound animals; 6. Springs as catapults; 7. Suspension springs and shock absorbers; 8. Springs and control; 9. Springs and size; References; Index.