Engineering in Sports

Spring is the time where we start to see some of the world’s most anticipated sporting events take place. Sport is something that we all love to be a part off; European Springs were involved with sport last year when Fabric Architecture approached us to help install canopies over the retractable seating voids in West Ham’s stadium!

However, when it comes to engineering in sports, there’s a whole lot more to it than that; here are a few examples where engineering plays a massive part in the sporting industry.

Engineering in Motorsport

Formula 1 is one of the most widely watched sporting events in the world, with just under half a billion people watching the 2014 season. The art of Formula 1 lies in the construction of the vehicles that are used.

For example, one of the most important parts of a Formula 1 vehicle is understanding how the vehicle moves through the air, also known as aerodynamics. When Formula 1 constructors build the Formula 1 cars, they use the latest technology to make sure that their car is the fastest on the track.

This can include anything from high-quality wind tunnels to understand how the air flows around the vehicle to investigating the engine and splitters that are located at the bottom of the vehicle to try and gain an advantage on the race track.

Race Track Start and Finish

Engineering in Golf

This may seem strange to some people, but there is a considerable amount of knowledge and thought that goes into engineering golf clubs and golf balls. The clubs themselves are engineered using the latest technology to ensure that the player can achieve the best results when on the fairway.

Certain clubs have specific features, for example, the class of clubs known as woods have the lowest degree loft of all clubs, meaning that they are used to hit the golf ball long distances. Golf balls also have to be designed so that they can propel through the air in the most efficient way possible.

Even the golf balls that are used are specifically engineered to aid the player; the dimples of a golf ball are present to increase the amount of turbulent that is situated behind the gold ball, which reduces the pressure drag that is present on the ball. This and the lift generated by the spin of the golf ball during flight help to make the golf ball travel further than if the golf ball had no dimples whatsoever.

Golfer hitting a golf ball at sunset

Engineering in Cycling

This sports discipline is another one that benefits from aerodynamics. Even though cycling focuses on the endurance, stamina, and strength of the cyclist, there is also an element that focuses on aerodynamics and achieving the best results on a scientific level.

For example, most sports cyclists, such as ones in the Olympics or Tour de France, require the most aerodynamic clothing and bikes to ensure that they have the greatest chance of winning. For example, in Rio 2016, Team GB used the latest aerodynamical technology to win… and they stormed the cycling scene!

Line of bicycle riders on a race

Science and engineering are very important when it comes to the sporting world, and it’s fair to say engineering will still be at the forefront of sporting technology for years to come.

As specialist spring manufacturers, we understand the importance of engineering and manufacturing in various industries, which is why we provide the highest quality springs, wire forms, pressings, and stampings to an array of clients around the world.

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