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Influence of free surface, unsteadiness and viscous effects on oar blade hydrodynamic loads.
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PMID:  20865629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
Flow around a rowing blade is a very complex phenomenon, involving unsteady three-dimensional flow with violent motion of the free surface. However, in the literature, forces acting on blades are modelled using extreme and dubious simplifications. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the influence of free surface and unsteadiness (two physical characteristics that are commonly neglected when modelling loads on blades) as well as viscous effects. In fact, quasi-static approaches are often used, with no influence of the free surface effects. To conduct this study, computational fluid dynamics is used, supported by experimental results performed with a dedicated device reproducing a simplified rowing stroke in the towing tank. Comparisons show that both free surface flow and unsteadiness must be considered to capture the whole physics of the phenomenon accurately. In contrast, the viscous effects have a very limited influence.
Alban Leroyer; Sophie Barré; Jean-Michel Kobus; Michel Visonneau
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of sports sciences     Volume:  28     ISSN:  1466-447X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Sports Sci     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-04-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8405364     Medline TA:  J Sports Sci     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1287-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
Laboratoire de Mécanique des Fluides (UMR CNRS 6598), Equipe Modélisation Numérique, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes.
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