Fantastic Team GB

After a sensational summer of Sport it is time to reflect on the spectacular successes of the British Olympic and Paralympic teams. Both squads finished second in the medal table (behind the U.S.A and China) but how do they compare to each other? The Centre for Sports Engineering Research at Sheffield Hallam University in collaboration […]

Unconventional aero. How did he go so fast?

Like Chris Froome in an unconventional riding position, the Summer seems to have flown by (I’m an engineer, similes do not come easily). Thankfully there’s been a bumper crop of sporting spectacles to sate our appetites. In this post I’d like to focus on a pet topic of mine, cycling aerodynamics. Right at the start […]


Graphing Athletics: The Pole Vault

The modern pole vault (i.e. that which we see in the Olympics) is a competition based on vertical height. Competitors use a pole (between 3 to 5 metres long) to clear a bar set at a specified height. The competitor that is able to clear the greatest height is the winner. Historically, pole vaulting was used to […]


Graphing Athletics: The 100 metre sprint

For many, the 100 metre sprint is the must-see event of track athletics. Although everything is over in less than 10 seconds, the raw speed of the athletes captivates billions. To see just how fast Usain Bolt is, see our blog article on the subject. Perhaps its the primal simplicity of the event which draws the […]