Performance Prediction of Olympic Rowing Boats Accounting for Full Dynamics

Andrea Mola, Luca Del Grosso, Luca Formaggia, Edie Miglio


The periodic forces imposed at the oars and due to the movement of the rowers
induce on the boat secondary motions causing an additional drag
which may represent a significant part of total dissipated energy.
We have taken the approach of computing the complete scull motion
including pitching, vertical and horizontal movement.
A full dynamic model requires simulating rowers inertial forces, thrust forces
at the oarlocks and fluid-dynamic forces. It is a complex fluid-structure interaction problem
that we analyzed by coupling different fluid dynamic models
with a dynamic model of the boat.
We will therefore compare the results obtained using these alternatives.

[DOI: 10.1685 / CSC06115] About DOI

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