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In Search of the Perfect Stroke

Carolyn A. Levi
4 pp.
MITSG 90-23J

Equipment for Olympic sports is becoming increasingly sophisticated, with detailed physical analysis replacing intuitive feeling and tradition in design. In rowing, while the shell has benefited from advanced composites and hydrodynamically based shapes, the oar has been neglected. This article, written for the layman, tells of a multi-disciplinary effort at MIT dedicated to improving the rowing oar. An overview of a project to design a human-powered hydrofoil is included.

type: Technical reports

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