Event Title

CFD Analysis of Grand River and Bubble-line Design

Location

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

Start Date

15-4-2015 3:30 PM

Description

The 2014 US Rowing Masters National Championships was held from August 14-17, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The West Michigan Sports Commission and Grand Rapids Rowing Association hosted the event for the first time. The event was held in a section of Grand River, near the Comstock Riverside Park, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since the event was being held in the section of the Grand River which was curved and varying in its width throughout, Grand Rapids Rowing Association wanted to determine if this impacted the flow of the river throughout its width and whether this would give an added advantage to any of the teams. This paper discusses the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study performed on the section of Grand River where the US Rowing Masters National Championship took place along with the design of bubble-line at the finish line. The CFD analysis of the section of the Grand River where the US Rowing Masters National Championship took place confirmed that the curved nature of the river does not affect the flow considerably to give an added advantage to any of the participating teams. Also, design suggestions for the bubble-line at the finish of the race are being discussed in this report.

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Apr 15th, 3:30 PM

CFD Analysis of Grand River and Bubble-line Design

Hager-Lubbers Exhibition Hall

The 2014 US Rowing Masters National Championships was held from August 14-17, 2014 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The West Michigan Sports Commission and Grand Rapids Rowing Association hosted the event for the first time. The event was held in a section of Grand River, near the Comstock Riverside Park, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Since the event was being held in the section of the Grand River which was curved and varying in its width throughout, Grand Rapids Rowing Association wanted to determine if this impacted the flow of the river throughout its width and whether this would give an added advantage to any of the teams. This paper discusses the Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) study performed on the section of Grand River where the US Rowing Masters National Championship took place along with the design of bubble-line at the finish line. The CFD analysis of the section of the Grand River where the US Rowing Masters National Championship took place confirmed that the curved nature of the river does not affect the flow considerably to give an added advantage to any of the participating teams. Also, design suggestions for the bubble-line at the finish of the race are being discussed in this report.