Damping Technologies Applied to Sports Equipment
Supervisors: Dr M J Carré, Dr J A Rongong
Many designs of sports equipment (rackets, sticks, bats etc.) are now manufactured using a composite construction which allows the potential for either using filler materials or adding mass in key areas that can change the level of damping and frequencies of vibration. The work will build on previous projects on field hockey and ice hockey sticks and will investigate how vibration can and should be controlled in different types of hand-held sports equipment. Human perception studies will be carried out to assess how changes in the design of equipment alter players' emotional responses (e.g. comfort, perceived performance etc.) at different levels of the game (e.g. amateur, professional).
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