A FLOW VISUALEATION OF UNDULATORY UNDERWATER SWIMMING -A PILOT STUDY OF THREE DEIMENTIONAL AMALYSIS
Keywords:PIV, vortex, dolphin kick, motion capture
AbstractThe purpose of this study was to visualize the flow characteristic behind a swimmer during undulatory underwater swimming (UUS). A male college swimmer performed dolphin kicks in a water flume channel (flow velocity was set at 0.8 m+sl). By using the stereo PIV system, we captured the flow vector field in cross-sectional areas behind the swimmer and the swimmer's motions with a synchronized motion capture system. The vector fields were averaged for each kicking phase, and for spatial cross-sectional plane. This enabled visualization oft he three dimensional flow field in UUS. The results showed that the swimmer created a counter vortex pair around the feet before the downward kid, and this appeared to assist the generation of thrust during the down kick motion.
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