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The effect of wind speed and wetting on thermal resistance of the barn owl (Tyto alba). II: Coat resistance

McCafferty, D.J. (1997) The effect of wind speed and wetting on thermal resistance of the barn owl (Tyto alba). II: Coat resistance. Journal of Thermal Biology, 22 (4-5). pp. 265-273. ISSN 0306-4565 (doi:10.1016/S0306-4565(97)00021-1)

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Publisher's URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0306-4565(97)00021-1

Abstract

1. 1. The thermal resistance of barn owl (Tyto alba) plumage was determined from measurements of heat flux and temperature using a model in a wind tunnel. 2. 2. The mean resistance of four barn owl coats was 398 s m−1 and wetting the coat reduced coat resistance to 374 s m−1. Resistance decreased linearly with increasing wind speed from 0–7 m s−1. 3. 3. Half of the heat transfer within barn owl coats occurred by conduction through the feather elements, the remaining heat transfer was due to molecular diffusion of air within the coat (30%), radiation (10%) and free convection (10%). 4. 4. Thermal properties of barn owl plumage were comparable with previous findings on avian coats. Author Keywords: Plumage; coat resistance; wind; wetting; barn owl; Tyto alba

Item Type:Article
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McCafferty, Dr Dominic
Authors: McCafferty, D.J.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Life Sciences > Life Sciences Animal Biology
Journal Name:Journal of Thermal Biology
ISSN:0306-4565

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