Faculty Advisor

Brown, Christopher A.


The objective of this project was to design, manufacture and test alpine skis. Thoroughly detailed design methods were applied to produce two prototype skis that varied in torsional stiffness. This process was facilitated through the construction of a mold for assembling the skis. Both skis were successfully constructed and bench-tested using ASTM developed torsional stiffness tests. On-slope tests were also effectively conducted for personal and subjective comparisons of each ski. Both sets of tests provided results for comparison between the two skis. On-slope, the skis were sluggish in small turns, but performed well on large turns. While skiing, the skis could not be told apart on the hill. The lab tests showed that the two skis were similar in their flexural characteristics.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2000


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering