Physics of rowing oars

  title={Physics of rowing oars},
  author={Romain Labb'e and Jean P. Boucher and Christophe Clanet and Michael Benzaquen},
  journal={New Journal of Physics},
In each rowing sport, the oars have their very own characteristics most of the time selected through a long time experience. Here we address experimentally and theoretically the problem of rowing efficiency as function of row lengths and blades sizes. In contrast with previous studies which consider imposed kinematics, we set an imposed force framework which is closer to human constraints. We find that optimal row lengths and blades sizes depend on sports and athletes strength, and provide an… 

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