A Comparative Study of Feather and Synthetic Badminton Shuttlecock Aerodynamics

Alam, F, Chowdhury, H, Theppadungporn, C, Moria, H and Subic, A 2010, 'A Comparative Study of Feather and Synthetic Badminton Shuttlecock Aerodynamics', in Prof. G.D. Mallinson and Dr J.E. Cater (ed.) Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 5-9 December 2010, pp. 1-4.


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Title A Comparative Study of Feather and Synthetic Badminton Shuttlecock Aerodynamics
Author(s) Alam, F
Chowdhury, H
Theppadungporn, C
Moria, H
Subic, A
Year 2010
Conference name 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Conference location Auckland, New Zealand
Conference dates 5-9 December 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 17th Australasian Fluid Mechanics Conference
Editor(s) Prof. G.D. Mallinson and Dr J.E. Cater
Publisher Australasian Fluid Mechanics Society
Place of publication Auckland, New Zealand
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Abstract Badminton is a high drag game. The aerodynamic properties of badminton shuttlecocks are complex. As a bluff body, the shuttlecock generates high aerodynamic drag and steep flight trajectory. Although a series of studies on aerodynamic behaviour of spherical and ellipsoidal balls have been reported in the open literature, scant information is available in the public domain about the aerodynamic behaviour of badminton shuttlecocks. The primary objective of this work was to evaluate aerodynamic properties of a series of shuttlecocks under a range of wind speeds. The non-dimensional drag coefficient was determined and compared. The natural feather shuttlecock displayed lower drag coefficient at low speeds and significantly higher drag at high speeds. On the other hand, the synthetic shuttlecock demonstrated the opposite trends.
Subjects Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Aerodynamics
Shuttlecock
Wind Tunnel
Drag Coefficient
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