Seminar Series

Sit-ski Aerodynamics


Master Student Tessa Impey


Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Canterbury

Time & Place

Wed, 03 Nov 2021 14:00:00 NZDT in E12, Engineering Core


A sit-ski is a piece of adaptive equipment that allows someone to ski in a seated position. Several of our NZ athletes will be competing in adaptive alpine skiing in the 2022 Winter Paralympics in Beijing. The equipment one of NZ's athletes will be using was analysed using wind tunnel testing and CFD. The equipment design was adapted to increase the chance of the athlete medalling in downhill alpine ski events with speeds up to 160 km/hr. The drag force was decreased without limiting the athlete's motion or affecting their skiing technique. The adapted equipment has been manufactured and will be used in the 2022 Winter Paralympic games subject to final approval by the Paralympic Regulatory Body.
All are Welcome!

Tessa Impey

Supervisor: Associate Prof Sid Becker