Influence of a postural change of the swimmer's head in hydrodynamic performances using 3D CFD

Abstract : This study deals with recent researches undertaken by the authors in the field of hydrodynamics of human swimming. The aim of this numerical study was to investigate the flow around the entire swimmer's body. The results presented in this article focus on the combination of a 3D computational fluid dynamics code and the use of the k-ω turbulence model, in the range of Reynolds numbers representative of a swimming level varying from national to international competition. Emphasis is placed on the influence of a postural change of the swimmer's head in hydrodynamic performances, which is directly related to the reduction of overall drag. These results confirm and complete those, less accurate, of a preliminary 2D study recently published by the authors and allow the authors to optimise the swimmer's head position in underwater swimming.
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Catalin Popa, Ahlem Arfaoui, Stéphane Fohanno, Redha Taiar, Guillaume Polidori. Influence of a postural change of the swimmer's head in hydrodynamic performances using 3D CFD. Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, Taylor & Francis, 0201, 17 (4), pp.344-351. ⟨10.1080/10255842.2012.683429⟩. ⟨hal-02310594⟩

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