Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


This project sought to determine the relationship between time, speed, and the turning radius of a ski racer. This is important because the further development of the knowledge in this field may lead performance enhancement as well as injury prevention. A code was written using Matlab, which could analyze a line composed of a series of data points, to determine the speed and time that the ski racer would spend on the course. Through this research it was found that there is an optimal radius to minimize the time that a ski racer spends on the course and a different optimal radius to maximize the speed of the racer. These optimal radii vary with different speeds, skill levels, course settings, and slope angle.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2011

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering