Event Title

Composite Alpine Ski

Department

Department of Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Dennis Coon

Description

Alpine skiing for recreation and sport has become increasingly popular worldwide. The continuing increase in popularity dictates a demand for skis with superior performance to those manufactured in the past, which, in turn, requires engineered skis. The current trend in the market is specialized skis designed to perform well in very specific terrain and snow conditions. This necessitates the purchase of multiple pairs of skis suited to certain snow conditions and terrain types. The goal of this project was to create an all-around ski that works well in all types of terrain and snow conditions. This was accomplished by combining many geometric characteristics of different types of skis, implementation of proprietary geometric elements, and use of high performance composite materials. Specifically, the ski features a hybrid rocker-camber, proprietary variable dimension sidecut, proprietary tip and tail base profile, and the use of Kevlar and carbon fiber. This ski fills a void in the current ski market, in that consumers will only have to purchase one ski to fulfill their needs and desires in a truly all mountain ski.

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Composite Alpine Ski

Alpine skiing for recreation and sport has become increasingly popular worldwide. The continuing increase in popularity dictates a demand for skis with superior performance to those manufactured in the past, which, in turn, requires engineered skis. The current trend in the market is specialized skis designed to perform well in very specific terrain and snow conditions. This necessitates the purchase of multiple pairs of skis suited to certain snow conditions and terrain types. The goal of this project was to create an all-around ski that works well in all types of terrain and snow conditions. This was accomplished by combining many geometric characteristics of different types of skis, implementation of proprietary geometric elements, and use of high performance composite materials. Specifically, the ski features a hybrid rocker-camber, proprietary variable dimension sidecut, proprietary tip and tail base profile, and the use of Kevlar and carbon fiber. This ski fills a void in the current ski market, in that consumers will only have to purchase one ski to fulfill their needs and desires in a truly all mountain ski.