croker oars

Thanks to sophisticated data-acquisition technology, developed in collaboration with the University of Ferrara and Milan Polytechnic’s Department of Applied Mathematics, Filippi can design and test a new construction before actually building it. A virtual shell with a virtual rower simulates real-life conditions: the rower’s shifting centre of gravity, the specific movements and forces on foot stretcher, seat and oarlock exerted by a particular rower. These athlete-specific data are then overlaid onto the 3-D shell design generated in Filippi's research lab to produce a uniquely customized hull for a given athlete or team, adjusted for top speeds, pitch and even specific regatta conditions.

Once the basic hull design has been adjusted to these specific hydrodynamic data, the actual boatbuilding can begin. A special numerical-control cutting system produces the model from which the shell is produced using a resin infusion technique that allows highly compacted carbon layers with minimal air entrapment. The shell then undergoes several high-temperature curing cycles in a kiln before it is ready for the next production step...

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