Review of tennis ball aerodynamics

Mehta, R, Alam, F and Subic, A 2008, 'Review of tennis ball aerodynamics', Sports Technology, vol. 1, no. 1, pp. 7-16.


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Collection: Journal Articles

Title Review of tennis ball aerodynamics
Author(s) Mehta, R
Alam, F
Subic, A
Year 2008
Journal name Sports Technology
Volume number 1
Issue number 1
Start page 7
End page 16
Total pages 10
Publisher John Wiley and Sons (Asia) Pte Ltd
Abstract The aerodynamics of a tennis ball are reviewed here with reference to several wind tunnel measurement efforts. Measurements for a wide variety of tennis balls, including the 'oversized' balls, are presented. Flow visualization results have shown that the separation location on a non-spinning tennis ball occurred relatively early, near the apex, and appeared very similar to a laminar separation in the subcritical Reynolds number regime. The flow regime (boundary layer separation location) appears to be independent of Reynolds number in the range, 167,000
Subject Aerodynamics (excl. Hypersonic Aerodynamics)
Keyword(s) tennis
tennis balls
aerodynamics
Copyright notice © 2008 John Wiley and Sons Asia Pte Ltd.
ISSN 1934-6182
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