On CFD Simulation of Ski Jumping

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computational Science and Engineering book series (LNCSE, volume 72)


Numerical analyses have been performed on a generic ski jumper in flight based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) flow codes and a geometric simulation of the jumper with skis. Various configurations have been simulated and results are presented for several body/ski positions and flight angles. A theoretical analysis of the performance of the ski jumper is also briefly presented. In addition, a proposal for new jumping skis design is described as an outcome from the present numerical analysis.


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The presented work was performed for Olympiatoppen and the Norwegian Ski Federation prior to the Olympic Winter Games in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994 under the auspices of jumping Coach Trond Jøran Pedersen. Hence, it represents an early task to analyze a ski jumper in flight and not a review of similar simulations at that time and the authors would like to acknowledge the fundamental contributions from Erland Ørbekk and Ernst Meese.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Energy and Process EngineeringNorwegian University of Science and TechnologyTrondheimNorway

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