Development of an Articulating Cycling Mannequin for Wind Tunnel Testing

Raman Garimella, Siemen Moens, Jochen Vleugels, T. Huysmans, koen Beyers, Stijn Verwulgen

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Abstract

Gaining aerodynamic advantage is crucial in cycling, wherein drag force can account for 90% of resistance to a cyclist. The interaction of wind with the moving human and cycling equipment also contributes to drag. Testing equipment for aerodynamic properties in a wind tunnel is of interest to manufacturers in the sports industry. However, a protocol that needs to depend on the ability of a human to accurately recreate desired poses and movements multiple times may be cumbersome during testing. Additionally, a stationary mannequin does not accurately represent real-life cycling, where pedaling is a constant. Hence, a moving mannequin is suited for such applications. In this contribution, we demonstrate the development of a 3D printed articulating cycling mannequin. A cyclist was scanned using a structured light 3D scanner. Our goal was to develop an articulating mannequin with pedalling legs and a detachable upper-body to recreate two common cycling poses - time-trial and regular. In this contribution, we describe the full development of the mannequin in time trial pose. This approach outlines a low-cost method to developing mannequins for testing applications in sports.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of 3DBODY.TECH 2020
Subtitle of host publication11th Int. Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, 17-18 Nov. 2020, Online/Virtual
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-033-08209-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event11th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and processing Technologies Online/Virtual due to Covid -
Duration: 17 Nov 202018 Nov 2020

Conference

Conference11th International Conference and Exhibition on 3D Body Scanning and processing Technologies Online/Virtual due to Covid
Period17/11/2018/11/20

Keywords

  • 3D scanning
  • modelling
  • cycling
  • 3D Printing

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