Parametric design of field hockey sticks

MCHUTCHON, M. A., CURTIS, D. and CARRE, M. J. (2004). Parametric design of field hockey sticks. In: HUBBARD, M., MEHTA, R. D. and PALLIS, J. M., (eds.) The engineering of sport 5. International sport engineering association, 284-290.

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Hockey as a game has been subject of little research. The authors of this paper outline a modified body model of the hockey stick impact, using coefficient of restitution (COR) values that take into account different ball and stick properties. Field data was taken from a number of players, including two internationals, giving a wide range of data for comparison. Basic physical properties were recorded for a selection of hockey sticks, and COR data was acquired for different hockey balls using a range of impact velocities. It was found that the COR of hockey balls decreases with increasing approach velocity, and that balls of different construction exhibit a wider range of response at high velocity. The top carbon fibre stick tested here hits a ball around 6% faster than a wooden stick under the same conditions. The modified rigid body model successfully predicts a ball departure velocity to within 3% of experimental data across a wide range of velocities.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: The proceedings of the 5th international conference on the engineering of sport
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sports Engineering Research
Page Range: 284-290
Depositing User: Carole Harris
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2010 11:05
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 21:15

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