An Experimental Study of Golf Ball Aerodynamics

Alam, F, Chowdhury, H, Moria, H, Mazumdar, H and Subic, A 2010, 'An Experimental Study of Golf Ball Aerodynamics', in A.K.M. Sadrullslam (ed.) Proceedings 3th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics (13ACFM), Dhaka, Bangladesh, 17-21 December 2010, pp. 1-4.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title An Experimental Study of Golf Ball Aerodynamics
Author(s) Alam, F
Chowdhury, H
Moria, H
Mazumdar, H
Subic, A
Year 2010
Conference name The 13th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics
Conference location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Conference dates 17-21 December 2010
Proceedings title Proceedings 3th Asian Congress of Fluid Mechanics (13ACFM)
Editor(s) A.K.M. Sadrullslam
Publisher Bangladesh Society of Mechanical Engineers (BSME)
Place of publication Dhaka, Bangladesh
Start page 1
End page 4
Total pages 4
Abstract The aerodynamic behaviour of the golf ball is primarily dependent on the physical features of complex dimples. The dimples vary in sizes, shapes and depths which generate complex aerodynamic flow pattern around the ball. Although some studies have been conducted on golf ball aerodynamics, the aerodynamic behaviour of dimple characteristics is not fully understood. The primary objective of this research is to experimentally evaluate the aerodynamic properties (drag, lift/down force) of a series of commercially available golf balls. Each of these new balls has different dimple characteristics. These balls were tested under a range of speeds. The aerodynamic properties were analysed. Due to varied dimple geometry, the magnitudes of drag coefficients of these balls were varied significantly. The non-dimensional drag coefficient for each ball was compared. The effects of spin on drag and lift have also been evaluated. However, spin data was not included in this paper.
Subjects Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Aerodynamics
golf ball
wind tunnel
drag coefficient
lift coefficient
Copyright notice © 2010 Bangladesh Society of Mechanical Engineers
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