The Winter Olympic comes to the Engineering Library

The Lichtenberger Engineering Library is now highlighting the Winter Olympics. This exhibit features information related to the Winter Olympics in general and showcases some of the engineering components for the fifteen sports participating through a plethora of library resources.

The 22nd Winter Olympics is scheduled to take place from February 6th to 23rd, 2014 in Russia, with events held in Sochi as well as in the resort town of Krasnaya Polyana.  The fifteen sports in these games include:  Alpine Skiing, Biathlon, Bobsledding, Cross Country Skiing, Curling, Figure Skating, Freestyle Skiing, Ice Hockey, Luge, Nordic Combined, Short Track Speed Skating, Skeleton, Ski Jumping, and Snowboarding.   More information can be found at: Engineering can be seen throughout the sports participating.  Examples of topics covered in the exhibit includes how BMW is helping to building the ultimate bobsled[1], how body mechanics can influence speed skating[2], and the creation of tracks for bobsled, luge, and skeleton[3].

  1. Paur, Jason.  U.S. Bobsled Team Picks Up a Wild BMW-Designed Ride. Wired: Playbook. Feb 12, 2013.
  2. Houdijk, H, JJ de Koning, G de Groot, MF Bobbert, and GJ van Ingen Schenau. Push-off mechanics in speed skating with conventional skates and klapskates. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise. March 2000. 32(3): 635-641
  3. Mossner, M., M. Hasler, K Schindelwig, P Kaps, and W Nachbauer. An approximate simulation model for initial luge track design. Journal of Biomechanics. March 15, 2011. 44(5): 892-896. doi: 10.1016/j.jbiomech.2010.12.001.