PIV applied to a moving rowing blade

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We investigate the fluid motion generated by a moving rowing blade. The blade follows a complex path with rather strong acceleration and subsequent deceleration. The blade path is mimicked at a 1:2 scale in a large open-top water tank using a robot system. The tank is transparent, thus enabling full optical access for performing large-field particle image velocimetry (PIV). The robot system allows us to precisely repeat subsequent rowing blade motions. PIV measurements in the same plane show that the fluid motion is highly repeatable, except for the small-scale turbulent fluid motions. When combined with direct measurements of the forces on the rowing blade (Grift et al. 2019a) the PIV data provide insight in the variation of the hydrodynamic forces acting on the blade during motion. This makes it possible to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the propulsion which is of great relevance to competitive rowing.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry
Subtitle of host publication22-27 July, Munich, Germany
EditorsChristian J. Kähler, Rainer Hain, Sven Scharnowski, Thomas Fuchs
PublisherUniversitat der Bundeswehr Munchen
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-943207-39-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event13th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry - Munchen, Germany
Duration: 22 Jul 201924 Jul 2019
Conference number: 13


Conference13th International Symposium on Particle Image Velocimetry
Abbreviated titleISPIV 2019

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