Sweep Rigger

Faculty Advisor

Tryggvason, Gretar


The goal of this project was to design, build, and test an accessory to the existing Concept 2 Indoor Rower that would allow a rower to move in a sweep rowing motion off the water. Currently, there is one commercially available sweep ergometer which costs over four times more than the most widely used ergometer, the Concept 2. A 3D solid model of the design was made with SolidWorks which includes a mechanism that would allow the ergometer chain to stay centered while the handle moves in an arc. Two prototypes were built, the first as a structural test for comparative measurements of body variations and the second as a fully working product. The second was tested by rowers from Worcester Polytechnic Institute


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

July 2009


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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