3DBODY.TECH 2020 - Paper 20.11

R. Garimella et al., "Development of an Articulating Cycling Mannequin for Wind Tunnel Testing", Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2020 - 11th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Online/Virtual, 17-18 Nov. 2020, #11, https://doi.org/10.15221/20.11.


Development of an Articulating Cycling Mannequin for Wind Tunnel Testing


Raman GARIMELLA 1,2, Siemen MOENS 2, Jochen VLEUGELS 1, Toon HUYSMANS 3, Koen BEYERS 2, Stijn VERWULGEN 1

1 Department of Product Development, Faculty of Design Sciences, University of Antwerp, Belgium;
2 Voxdale bv, Belgium;
3 Section on Applied Ergonomics and Design, Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands


Gaining aerodynamic advantage is crucial in cycling, wherein drag force can account for 90% of resistance to a cyclist. The interaction of wind with the moving human and cycling equipment also contributes to drag. Testing equipment for aerodynamic properties in a wind tunnel is of interest to manufacturers in the sports industry. However, a protocol that needs to depend on the ability of a human to accurately recreate desired poses and movements multiple times may be cumbersome during testing. Additionally, a stationary mannequin does not accurately represent real-life cycling, where pedaling is a constant. Hence, a moving mannequin is suited for such applications. In this contribution, we demonstrate the development of a 3D printed articulating cycling mannequin. A cyclist was scanned using a structured light 3D scanner. Our goal was to develop an articulating mannequin with pedalling legs and a detachable upper-body to recreate two common cycling poses - time-trial and regular. In this contribution, we describe the full development of the mannequin in time trial pose. This approach outlines a low-cost method to developing mannequins for testing applications in sports.


3-D scanning, modelling, cycling, 3-D printing


Full paper: 2011garimella.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2020, 17-18 Nov. 2020, Online/Virtual
Paper id#: 11
DOI: 10.15221/20.11
Presentation video: 2011garimella.mp4

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