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|Titolo:||A driver model of a two-man bobsleigh|
|Autori interni:||BRAGHIN, FRANCESCO|
DONZELLI, MAURO PLACIDO
|Data di pubblicazione:||2011|
|Abstract:||Up to now, the optimization of structural parameters affecting the performance of a bobsleigh has been carried out mainly on the basis of athletes’ feedback, thus leading to a series of small modifications without univocal guidelines. Even though on-track tests represent a basic step for the final tuning of the sled, experimentation does not seem to represent an appropriate tool to objectively determine the influence of such structural parameters on the overall performance. In fact, their effect can easily be masked by driving errors, changes in the ice surface conditions and temperature thus requiring repeated tests for achieving statistical evidence. For this reason, numerical analysis, carried out with a 3D model of the bobsled, turns out to be a privileged instrument to optimize bob design although limitations in the sled model (e.g. ice friction properties that still have to be fully understood) may affect the obtained results. However, such tool is able to provide useful indications only if a correct driver model is implemented. This work focuses on the development of a numerical model of a bobsleigh driver that aims at reproducing the driving behaviour of real-world cup drivers and is basically made up of two steps: the identification of the trajectory that allows minimizing run time and the determination of the driver’s inputs to exactly follow that trajectory. For comparison purposes, the simulated driver’s inputs are compared with recorded ones on Cesana Pariol Olympic track.|
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