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Sports Industry Webcast Series

Sports Industry Webcast Series: The Contribution of Simulation to 21st-Century Sport Engineering

   

Sports professionals, coaches and amateur participants always explore ways to boost performance, ensure comfort and minimize the risk of injury. At the same time, sporting equipment manufacturers must investigate technologies to innovate faster and maximize the reliability of products that sometimes face extremely challenging conditions.

Engineering has long been one of the tools used, but, for the past few years, the sport engineering community has been paying closer attention to engineering simulation. Through computer-based modeling, it is possible to determine and understand how influential parameters impact athletic performance, or minimize or amplify injuries.

On Demand Webinars

Sports Industry Webcast Series
Sports Industry Webcast Series
First Computer Simulations and Wind Tunnel Tests of Full Cycling Pelotons Give Breakthrough Insights

For the first time, Eindhoven University of Technology and KU Leuven have simulated the aerodynamics of a full peloton with Ansys Computational Fluid Dynamics on CRAY supercomputers. This world-record CFD simulation provides a series of brand new insights into the distribution of air resistance for cyclists inside the peloton. It shows that almost all current mathematical strategic models for breakaways in cycling are based on incorrect assumptions.

View this on-demand webinar to:

  • See the power of the largest CFD modeling ever done in sports
  • Learn about the challenges of meshing such an extreme geometry properly
  • Understand the large impact of cycling aerodynamics on elite athletes
  • Get valuable insight into how you can bike more efficiently during your next bicycle tour
Sports Industry Webcast Series
Sports Industry Webcast Series
Learning From Cycling Aerodynamics to Improve Speed Skating: Similarities and Differences

It is not obvious that the sports of competitive cycling and speedskating have anything in common, until you look at the aerodynamics of cyclists and skaters. In each case, the lead athlete does more work in cutting through the air currents, while trailing athletes can experience some negative or positive effects of the leader’s wake. Previous CFD studies have demonstrated the various effects of “drafting” off a lead cyclist in the Tour de France and other competitions.

In this webinar, we will apply the lessons learned from cycling to speedskating through Ansys CFD studies. Join us to discover unexpected aerodynamic interactions between skaters competing against each other. We will also investigate the effects of specific skinsuit designs worn by the skaters to reduce air resistance, using both CFD and wind tunnel tests. Learn how CFD simulation, validated by experiments, can reveal formerly unknown aerodynamic effects and contribute to improved suit designs.

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