Comparison of a finite element model of a tennis racket to experimental data

ALLEN, T., HAAKE, Steve and GOODWILL, S. R. (2009). Comparison of a finite element model of a tennis racket to experimental data. Sports engineering, 12 (2), 87-98.

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Modern tennis rackets are manufactured from composite materials with high stiffness-to-weight ratios. In this paper, a finite element (FE) model was constructed to simulate an impact of a tennis ball on a freely suspended racket. The FE model was in good agreement with experimental data collected in a laboratory. The model showed racket stiffness to have no influence on the rebound characteristics of the ball, when simulating oblique spinning impacts at the geometric stringbed centre. The rebound velocity and topspin of the ball increased with the resultant impact velocity. It is likely that the maximum speed at which a player can swing a racket will increase as the moment of inertia (swingweight) decreases. Therefore, a player has the capacity to hit the ball faster, and with more topspin, when using a racket with a low swingweight.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ball, finite element, high-speed video, impact, racket, spin, tennis, UoA26
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
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Page Range: 87-98
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 08:46
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 11:15

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