A study of badminton shuttlecock aerodynamics

Alam, F, Chowdhury, H, Theppadungporn, C and Subic, A 2009, 'A study of badminton shuttlecock aerodynamics', in Maglub Al Nur (ed.) Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering, Dhaka, Bangladesh, 26 - 28 December 2009, pp. 1-6.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title A study of badminton shuttlecock aerodynamics
Author(s) Alam, F
Chowdhury, H
Theppadungporn, C
Subic, A
Year 2009
Conference name The 8th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering (ICME2009)
Conference location Dhaka, Bangladesh
Conference dates 26 - 28 December 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Mechanical Engineering
Editor(s) Maglub Al Nur
Publisher Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology
Place of publication Dhaka, Bangladesh
Start page 1
End page 6
Total pages 6
Abstract Being a bluff body, the shuttlecock generates significant aerodynamic drag and complex flight trajectory. Despite the popularity of the game, scant knowledge is available in the public domain about the aerodynamics of shuttlecocks. The primary objectives of this study were to experimentally measure the aerodynamic properties of a series of natural feather and synthetic shuttlecocks under a range of wind speeds and pitch angles. The drag coefficients for shuttlecocks were determined and compared. The natural feather shuttlecock indicated lower drag coefficient at low speeds and significantly high value at high speeds. On the other hand, the synthetic shuttlecocks have shown opposite trends. The average drag coefficient for shuttlecocks found in this study was between 0.5 and 0.6.
Subjects Operations Research
Keyword(s) Aerodynamics
shuttlecock
wind tunnel
drag coefficient
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