scallop theorem

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EtymologyEdit

From an explanation of a principle of fluid dynamics given by E. M. Purcell

NounEdit

scallop theorem (plural scallop theorems)

  1. (fluid dynamics) A theorem which states that to achieve propulsion at low Reynolds number in simple (i.e. Newtonian) fluids, a swimmer must deform in a way that is not invariant under time-reversal.

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Last modified on 18 June 2013, at 22:03