Currently loose standards exist concerning preparation of hockey pucks prior to gameplay. This research developed an understanding of the effect of temperature, pressure, and surface roughness on pucks during gameplay. The mechanical properties for various commercial pucks were measured. The surface temperature increased by 25°C after 20 minutes of play and surface pressure during strike was measured to be about (0.2MPa). Freezing conditions can affect impact toughness and performance of the puck.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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