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Design Engineering

The equipment mechanics research group is focused on developing a better understanding of sports equipment and its environment. Using fundamental physics, experiments and modelling techniques, we optimise sporting equipment for performance, athlete safety and increased participation.

We have a strong track record of delivering high-quality research across a multitude of sports. The theme group has many concurrent research projects including:

  • characterising auxetic materials for sporting applications
  • shuttlecock and dart aerodynamics
  • traction of studded footwear
  • efficacy of wrist guards
  • acoustic response of sports equipment
  • the effect of moment of inertia on swing speed
  • distance control in golf putting
  • understanding cricket bat performance

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