A woodpecker hammer

J F V Vincent, M N Sahinkaya, W O'Shea

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1141-1147
Number of pages7
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Volume221
Issue number10
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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Angular momentum
Hammers
Muscle
Natural frequencies

Keywords

  • Computer simulation
  • Contacts (fluid mechanics)
  • Hammers
  • Angular momentum
  • Dynamics

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A woodpecker hammer. / Vincent, J F V; Sahinkaya, M N; O'Shea, W.

In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science, Vol. 221, No. 10, 2007, p. 1141-1147.

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Vincent, J F V ; Sahinkaya, M N ; O'Shea, W. / A woodpecker hammer. In: Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. 2007 ; Vol. 221, No. 10. pp. 1141-1147.
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