Modelling of an oblique tennis ball impact on a court surface

DIGNALL, R. J., HAAKE, S. J. and CHADWICK, S. G. (2000). Modelling of an oblique tennis ball impact on a court surface. In: SUBIC, A. and HAAKE, S., (eds.) The engineering of sport - research development and innovation. Blackwell, 185-192.

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Abstract

A method is outlined for modelling the horizontal frictional forces and vertical reaction force on a tennis ball during an oblique impact on a court. Equations were developed to predict the displacement, velocity and force throughout impact given boundary conditions before and after contact. An impact on an acrylic court with backspin was used to validate the model. The predicted values agreed well with the experimental results taken for horizontal, vertical and angular displacements throughout the period of contact. The horizontal frictional force was calculated separately using the horizontal and angular accelerations which gave similar values of peak force. The values of coefficient of friction found agree well with the experimental results taken on the same court surface.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Proceedings of the 3rd international conference on the engineering of sport
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
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Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 03 Aug 2010 10:14
Last Modified: 03 Aug 2010 10:27
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2229

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