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. Watch 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.