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How sharks can help combat air turbulence

When most of us think of air turbulence, it’s spilling our coffee, gripping the armrests in blind panic and begging we make it through the mid-air tumult unscathed.

But turbulence is much more than just the bumps and rattles we experience on an aircraft. It is a chaotic phenomenon that is all around us; one that can actually have serious implications for our carbon footprint, as well as adverse economic impacts.

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Associate Professor Nicholas Hutchins shares how the Fluid Mechanics Group in the Department of Mechanical Engineering is looking toward sharks, in the hope of combating turbulent boundary layers. Read the original Pursuit article, how sharks can help combat air turbulence to find out more.

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