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School of Mechanical Engineering
The University of Adelaide
SA 5005
Contact us

Telephone: +61 8 8313 5460
Facsimile: +61 8 8313 4367

Sports Engineering Projects

Past and Present Honours Projects

  • Cricket Bowling Machine
  • Lifting Mechanics
  • Cycling Performance
  • Bicycle Aerodynamic Test System
  • Shin Pad Performance and Design
  • Improved rowing fin
  • Instrumented rowing gate
  • Horse racing starting barriers
  • Vibration of snowboard decks
  • Cycling helmets
  • Motorcycle helmet cooling
  • Wave jumper mechanics & kite design
  • Autonomous model yacht
  • "Wing-Bourne" hydrofoil yacht
  • Formula SAE race car
  • Motorized snowboard
  • Racing wheelchair
  • Bio-garment - arm position sensing system
  • Soft-tissue testing system
  • Hexapod-robot test system
  • Prosthetic knee

Current Research Projects


We are currently working with Cycling Australia (CA) and the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) on the aerodynamics of various parts of their track helmets and handlebars.


Another project investigates the hydrodynamics of olympic rowing boats to investigate factors such as form effect and boundary layer transition.  The new wind tunnel will allow rowing boats to be tested at full scale in the wind engineering working section.