This project was initiated by InnosportNL as a result of the changing regulations in swimming. Up to then, swimmers often used the so called ‘sharkskin’ suits that covered the whole body. The aim for this project was to get a grip on what properties of this suit were causing the improved performance, how we could select new suits on the markets for the best performance and ultimately design a new suit.
In cooperation with the VU Amsterdam and the TU Delft I performed the research at Innosportlab Tongelreep. For this purpose I designed a few test-setups and made use of a 3D scanner to scan the swimmers in their suit. The results were presented in a paper. After the research I designed personalized suits for the top-athletes. Unfortunately due to technical difficulties it was not finished in time.
The paper can be read here