To Build a Better Bobsled

Learn how supercomputers helped construct a faster bobsled for the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team.

By Todd R. Weiss, PCWorld |  Tech & society, bobsled, Olympics

Slipping Through Air

In this image, the PowerFlow software shows sled designers a computer-generated visualization of complex, turbulent airflow that travels over the centerline of the sled and the four-man crew on a run. The designers with the Bo-Dyn Bobsled Project, which built Night Train's sled, can then change the design based on the simulations and make adjustments on the fly--much faster than before--to help cut turbulence and make the sled slip through the air more quickly. Last month Team Night Train used its sled to win the 2010 World Cup championship--the first time a U.S. team has won that title in 17 years. (Image: Exa Corporation)

See Also:
Winter Games: Videogame your way through the Olympics
The technology behind the Vancouver Olympic Games
Six high-tech ways to enjoy the 2010 Olympics

Republished with permission from PC World (view original version)

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