Evaluation of aerodynamic drag of a full-scale cyclist model by particle tracking velocimetry

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Abstract

Large-scale particle tracking velocimetry is conducted in the wake of a full-scale cyclist model at 14 m/s. Particle tracks are measured in a volume of 100 x 162 x 5 cm3, from which the velocity statistics are computed. The aerodynamic drag is evaluated using the control volume approach invoking the conservation of momentum. The drag obtained from the PTV measurements closely matches that measured by an external force balance. Furthermore, it is shown that the drag force is largely due to the streamwise velocity deficit, whereas the contribution of pressure and Reynolds stress terms is minor. Finally, the drag distribution in a cross-flow plane is used to identify three regions of large velocity deficits suited for future drag minimization: the lower legs and feet, the streamwise vortical structures and the separated region over the lower back.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Impact of Technology on Sport VII
Subtitle of host publication8th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology, APCST 2017
EditorsA. Subic, M. Scheinowitz, F.K. Fuss
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2017
EventAPCST 2017: 8th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology - Tel Aviv, Israel
Duration: 15 Oct 201719 Oct 2017
Conference number: 8

Conference

ConferenceAPCST 2017: 8th Asia-Pacific Congress on Sports Technology
Abbreviated titleAPCST 2017
CountryIsrael
CityTel Aviv
Period15/10/1719/10/17

Keywords

  • Cycling
  • aerodynamic drag
  • flow topology
  • PTV

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