An analysis of the interaction between slider physique and descent time for the bob skeleton

Roche, J., Turnock, S.R. and Wright, A.M. (2008) An analysis of the interaction between slider physique and descent time for the bob skeleton. In, Estivalet, Margaret and Brisson, Pierre (eds.) The Engineering of Sport 7. 7th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association (ISEA) , Springer, 101-110.


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A single degree of freedom simulator has been developed to analyse the effect of athlete physique on descent time
in the bob skeleton. A human proportions model is used to predict frontal and total surface area of an athlete for a given weight and height. Descent time data for a range of typical athlete physiques has been acquired. Descent times for the top 15 male competitors at the 2007 world championships are compared to the simulated descent time for each athlete. Results demonstrate the gains in aerodynamics made from being taller for a given mass and also for increased overall mass. Sleds used to equalise overall mass show an advantage in the athlete being lighter for a given height. Normalisation of the world championship results so that start time is not taken into account shows correlation between athlete experience and descent time.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9782287094125 (hardback)
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Keywords: winter sports, sliding sports, olympic games, performance sports
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure
T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Engineering Sciences > Fluid-Structure Interactions
ePrint ID: 52429
Accepted Date and Publication Date:
June 2008Published
Date Deposited: 27 Jun 2008
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 12:30

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