ON ROWING

last revision January 2017

During a number of years the author has commented on several subjects related to rowing in the monthly club magazine of rowing club De Laak in The Hague, The Netherlands. Some of the subjects were an answer to discussions during the after row coffee or were inspired by Anu Dudhia. The presented material is not the result of thorough research work. It is rather considered as a contribution to the discussion on the theory behind rowing in order to make things clear and to clarify controversial subjects. Nevertheless a precise mathematical formulation was intended. See the subjects below:

  1. Theory and model
  2. Simulations results
  3. Recover, summary and result
  4. Recover, details and model
  5. Kinetic energy dissipated by the moving rower
  6. Lift and Drag
  7. Behind the ergometer display
  8. Blade efficiency
  9. Energy balance of a simplified model
  10. Energy balance of the model as described in item 1
  11. Front loaded versus back loaded catch
  12. Kinetic energy dissipated by the moving rower, revisited
  13. Simulation of the ergometer

To see a comparison of the simulation results from the model described on this website and from the model of William Atkinson click here

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About the author: Marinus van Holst (1933), active in rowing since 1957, is a mechanical engineer and professor emeritus of the Delft University of Technology. He is a member of the Dutch rowing clubs Nautilus and De Laak
e-mail: m.holst@hccnet.nl

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