NCBI ROFL: Heat loss in Dumbo: a theoretical approach.

By ncbi rofl | January 28, 2010 7:00 am

dumbo

“A flat plate model was used to calculate heat loss from the pinnae [outer ears] of the animated elephant Dumbo.  In conditions of high wind velocity and large gradients, Dumbo could potentially dissipate more heat than he produces. This suggests that he may need the large ears to help lose the excess heat produced while flying.”

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Image: flickr/hairgeek

  • Hoven

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