A three-dimensional model for the dynamics and hydrodynamics of rowing boats
Friday 24th July 2009
Formaggia, Luca; Mola, Andrea; Parolini, Nicola; Pischiutta, Matteo
This paper proposes a new model describing the dynamics of a rowing boat for general three dimensional motions. The complex interaction among the different components of the rowers/oars/boat system is analysed and reduced to a set of ordinary differential equations governing the rigid motion along the six degrees of freedom. To treat the unstable nature of the physical problem, a rather simple (but effective) control model is included, which mimics the main active control techniques adopted by the rowers during their action.