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Another Bobsled Accident, FEA Simulation of Whistler's Bobsled Track?

Posted by Scott Sweeney on Fri, Feb 19, 2010

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So, there is news today that another Bobsledder has been hospitalized from yet another crash on the Whistler Bobsled track at the Vancouver Olympics.

Before the start of the Olympics, the course was touted as the fastestest Bobsled track in the world.  Here is a description out of Sports Illustrated online:

Vancouver bobsled Preview - Sports Illustrated

 "To add to the speed and violence, the course in Whistler is far and away the fastest one in the world, thanks in part to a steep top section that includes a 20-degree drop at curve two. Curve 13 was dubbed the "50/50 curve" after a day of course testing last year when only half the teams made it through right side up. If you're the type who watches NASCAR secretly anxious to see a crash, this might be the year for you to check out bobsled."

It makes me wonder if anyone actually simulated the course using Finite Element Analysis?  Now I know that the simulation is only as good as the person doing the analysis, but wouldn't your think this would have shown a few issues, especially with the steel beams that are exposed on the most dangerous part of the track?

If we have any physics or any FEA guru's reading this I'd love to hear your feedback on this. 

By the way, we will be announcing a new FEA partner soon.  I am sure you will be pleased with this new relationship.

As always, thank you for reading and your comments.


Topics: Olympic Bobsled track, FEA Simulation, CAD FEA