Helisoma trivolvis pond snail embryos are known for their rotation, which is induced by beating of cilia at the embryo's surface. A common hypothesis links this behavior to enhancing oxygen transfer to the embryo's surface. In this paper, this hypothesis is quantified, and the effect of the rotation on the supply of oxygen to an embryo, which is approximately spherical in shape, is studied. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first research presenting a quantitative study on the effect of an embryo's rotation on facilitating gaseous exchange between the embryo and the environment.
Forced Convection Past a Rotating Sphere: Modeling Oxygen Transport to a Pond Snail Embryo
Contributed by the Heat Transfer Division of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF HEAT TRANSFER. Manuscript received October 9, 2012; final manuscript received June 17, 2013; published online September 27, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Patrick E. Phelan.
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Nield, D. A., and Kuznetsov, A. V. (September 27, 2013). "Forced Convection Past a Rotating Sphere: Modeling Oxygen Transport to a Pond Snail Embryo." ASME. J. Heat Transfer. December 2013; 135(12): 124503. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4024871
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