An evaluation of swimsuit performance

Moria, H, Chowdhury, H, Alam, F and Subic, A 2011, 'An evaluation of swimsuit performance', in A, Subic; F.K. Fuss; F. Alam; P. Clifton (ed.) The Impact of Technology on Sport IV, Melbourne, Australia, 28-31 August 2011, pp. 382-388.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title An evaluation of swimsuit performance
Author(s) Moria, H
Chowdhury, H
Alam, F
Subic, A
Year 2011
Conference name 5th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology (APCST)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 28-31 August 2011
Proceedings title The Impact of Technology on Sport IV
Editor(s) A, Subic; F.K. Fuss; F. Alam; P. Clifton
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication UK
Start page 382
End page 388
Total pages 7
Abstract Hydrodynamics plays an important role in swimming. Recently, swimsuits have been aggressively marketed, principally as a means for reducing the skin friction component of the total drag, thereby conferring a competitive advantage over other swimmers. Currently a range of swimsuits are available in the market however their aerodynamic data is hardly available in the public domain. Additionally, there is no standard methodology for the evaluation of hydrodynamic performance of swimsuits. The primary purpose of this work is to evaluate the hydrodynamic properties of a series of swimsuits at a macroscopic level. A standard cylindrical methodology has been developed in wind tunnel measurement of aero/hydrodynamic properties (drag and lift). Current production swimsuits including Diana and Spalding have been tested. All tests were conducted at a range of speeds. The findings indicate that there is a notable variation in aerodynamic properties among swimsuits.
Subjects Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
Keyword(s) Swimsuit
textile
macro scale testing
aero/hydrodynamic
drag
wind tunnel
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ISBN 1877-7058
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