Two Examples for Applied Aerodynamics in Competitive Sports

Prof. Joseph Katz
Faculty of Aerospace Engineering
University of San Diego

Aerodynamics and hydrodynamics play an important role in many branches of competitive sports. Even in individual events such as running, cycling or swimming, applying elementary fluid dynamic principles can improve performance. This presentation discusses two such cases where the successful application of external aerodynamics led to significant improvements in the level of the competition. The first case focuses on vortex generators placed on racecars, where they are used to increase downforce and improve vehicle speed around a road course. The second example details the development of a unique rigid sail for the America’s Cup sailing competition. The interesting relation between these two cases is that the knowledge gained is not readily transferrable to the automotive or to the boating industry.

The talk will be given in English

Mon, 03-03-2014, 16:30 (Gathering at 16:00)

Classroom, ground floor, Library, Aerospace Eng.

Light refreshments will be served before the lecture

Two Examples for Applied Aerodynamics in Competitive Sports