Aerodynamic Shaping for Sports

Shape wind-friendly forms for championship performance

Aerodynamic form issues impact the performance of elite athletes. Rigorous testing and wind engineering can help athletes, coaches, and manufacturers of equipment and apparel optimize aerodynamic performance to gain a competitive advantage.

Competitive skier on snowy mountain slope

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In many sports, from discus to kayaking to alpine skiing, aerodynamics is gold. Small tweaks to aerodynamic form—of either the athlete or the equipment—can provide the championship edge. We’re world leaders in wind engineering, and the insights we bring to some of the world’s most ambitious skyscrapers and bridges can be used to optimize the aerodynamics of a bicycle or a human being. In all these cases, similar techniques are used to model and measure air resistance and aerodynamic performance.

 For manufacturers of high-performance equipment and apparel, we can evaluate the aerodynamic performance of your product at any stage of the product life cycle and then suggest and test enhancements. This evaluation can range from computational modeling to fully instrumented wind tunnel testing which documents actual performance. For coaches and athletes, we can evaluate how body positioning and equipment affect aerodynamic drag, or fine-tune equipment so that it works better for you. 

Bicycle aerodynamic testing

We can also help you understand how typical wind patterns in the competition venue could affect your performance. Operators of major sport stadia worldwide engage us to predict micro-climate and hyper-local weather effects in their venues. Similar analyses can help you anticipate how on-site conditions might affect you.