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CFD simulation of water flow over a typical male elite swimmer in the glide position showing contours of surface shear stress on the swimsuit region. Courtesy of Speedo and Fluent Inc.
Application: Speedo Uses CFD Technology To Launch World's Fastest Swimsuit
Posted Thu March 11, 2004 @09:14AM
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Application Sheffield based Fluent Europe Limited has been working with Speedo International Limited, the world's leading swimwear brand, to bring Formula One design methodologies to the Olympic swimming pool with the launch of the fastest swimsuit in the world, FASTSKIN FSII. Born in the Speedo Aqualab (Speedo's research and development headquarters), FASTSKIN FSII increases speed by reducing passive drag by up to 4% more than the next best suit and is set to help swimmers improve their performance in Athens this summer.

Speedo's research and development team began the development of FASTSKIN FSII after the Sydney Olympics by evaluating emerging engineering technologies that would enable them to take swimsuit design to a new level. Speedo identified a technology never before used in swimwear development - Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).

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