Development and design of a rollerski


During their project in 2011 H. Arici et al. developed boundary conditions for certain load situations on rollerskis during the pushing phase.

In the gate lab all three reaction force components were captured by the force measuring plate and the kinematics of the racer was recorded. The obtained data set was used as boundary conditions for finite element models used during the rollerski development. 



Maximum pushing forces were observed to appear periodically on rollerskis exceeding twice the body weight of the racer. It was further observed that vertical and horizontal forces acting on the rear wheel of rollerskis are significantly higher than those acting on the front wheel.    

The transfer of the measured data on finite element models of different rollerski designs could confirm the significantly higher peripheral stiffness of the WEASEL design due to the reinforced forks compared to other designs (conventional).