Preliminary Study: A New Method to Assess the Effective Frontal Area of Cyclists

Anthony Bouillod, Luca Oggiano, Georges Soto-Romero, Emmanuel Brunet, Frederic Grappe

Abstract

The present work aimed to assess the effective frontal area (ACd, m2) of a cyclist using both 3D scanning and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation and compare the results with wind tunnel and field measurements. One elite cyclist was recruited to complete a 3D scanning, a wind tunnel test and a field test. The 3D scanning was analyzed using CFD simulation to determine the ACd of the cyclist. The CFD ACd was compared to those measured in both wind tunnel and field tests. The 3D scanning method provides useful data for cycling science and TT position or equipment optimization, by using iterative approach. Indeed, the ACd obtained after CFD simulation was in accordance with those obtained in both wind tunnel and field testing sessions. Resolution, scanning time and post processing are compatible with an extensive use in real conditions and with a larger number of cyclists.

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Bouillod A., Oggiano L., Soto-Romero G., Brunet E. and Grappe F. (2016). Preliminary Study: A New Method to Assess the Effective Frontal Area of Cyclists . In Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS, ISBN 978-989-758-205-9, pages 67-71. DOI: 10.5220/0006104400670071


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@conference{icsports16,
author={Anthony Bouillod and Luca Oggiano and Georges Soto-Romero and Emmanuel Brunet and Frederic Grappe},
title={Preliminary Study: A New Method to Assess the Effective Frontal Area of Cyclists},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS,},
year={2016},
pages={67-71},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006104400670071},
isbn={978-989-758-205-9},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF
JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Congress on Sport Sciences Research and Technology Support - Volume 1: icSPORTS,
TI - Preliminary Study: A New Method to Assess the Effective Frontal Area of Cyclists
SN - 978-989-758-205-9
AU - Bouillod A.
AU - Oggiano L.
AU - Soto-Romero G.
AU - Brunet E.
AU - Grappe F.
PY - 2016
SP - 67
EP - 71
DO - 10.5220/0006104400670071