A FLOW VISUALEATION OF UNDULATORY UNDERWATER SWIMMING -A PILOT STUDY OF THREE DEIMENTIONAL AMALYSIS

  • Hirofumi Shimojo
  • Ryo Murakawa
  • Yasuo Sengoku
  • Jun Sakakibara
  • Shozo Tsubakimoto
  • Hideki Takagi
Keywords: PIV, vortex, dolphin kick, motion capture

Abstract

The 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.
Published
2016-11-06
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities