Brown, Christopher A.
The project involved the design and manufacture of two non-uniform composite beams modeled as alpine skis. Each ski was designed to have a different longitudinal stiffness to determine its effect on ski performance. Laboratory testing was performed on the two composite beams, as well as an analysis and field test. The results indicated a correlation between ski bending stiffness at very low speeds, but at higher speeds the stiffness difference could not be felt.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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