The physics behind dandelion seed plume dispersal revealed

Posted by on November 20, 2017 1:00 pm
Categories: Tech

The fluffy dandelion seed head infuriates gardeners, but delights physicists. That’s because those seeds may lend key insights into the physics of parachutes, useful for designing small drones, or micro air vehicles. Investigators reveal why, at low Reynolds numbers, the rules for big parachutes don’t apply to small dandelions.

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