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Title: Modelling propelling force in swimming using numerical simulations
Author: Marinho, D.A.
Barbosa, Tiago M.
Mantha, V.
Rouboa, A.I.
Silva, A.J.
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: InTech
Citation: Marinho, D.A.; Barbosa, Tiago M.; Mantha, V.R.; Rouboa, A.I.; Silva; A.J. ( 2012) - Modelling propelling force in swimming using numerical simulations. In Fluid dynamics, computational modeling and applications. Rijeka: InTech. p. 439-448. ISBN 978-953-51-0052-2
Abstract: In the sports field, numerical simulation techniques have been shown to provide useful information about performance and to play an important role as a complementary tool to physical experiments. Indeed, this methodology has produced significant improvements in equipment design and technique prescription in different sports (Kellar et al., 1999; Pallis et al., 2000; Dabnichki & Avital, 2006). In swimming, this methodology has been applied in order to better understand swimming performance. Thus, the numerical techniques have been addressed to study the propulsive forces generated by the propelling segments (Rouboa et al., 2006; Marinho et al., 2009a) and the hydrodynamic drag forces resisting forward motion (Silva et al., 2008; Marinho et al., 2009b). Although the swimmer’s performance is dependent on both drag and propulsive forces, within this chapter the focus is only on the analysis of the propulsive forces. Hence, this chapter covers topics in swimming propelling force analysis from a numerical simulation technique perspective. This perspective means emphasis on the fluid mechanics and computational fluid dynamics methodology applied in swimming investigations. One of the main aims for performance (velocity) enhancement of swimming is to maximize propelling forces whilst not increasing drag forces resisting forward motion, for a given trust. This chapter will concentrate on numerical simulation results, considering the scientific simulation point-of-view, for this practical application in swimming.
Peer review: yes
ISBN: 978-953-51-0052-2
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