Studies into the mechanisms of the cross-country ski vibrations and possible models of the phenomenon

Andrey Koptyug, Mikael Bäckström, Mats Tinnsten

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Field and laboratory measurements show a presence of intense cross-country ski vibrations during free gliding. There are indications that such vibrations may and indeed do affect the average friction forces and thus should affect the ski gliding. Our studies into the nature of these vibrations and the factors influencing their frequencies and magnitudes are driven by the desire to control them for improving ski gliding performance. The complexity of the corresponding resonance system, represented by constant interaction of the skier, the skis and the snow, and the mechanisms of the vibration excitation, most probably dominated by the stochastic forces caused by a stick-slip character of the friction, demand new approaches to the modelling and experiments. Present paper describes some results of the experimental laboratory studies of such vibrations, and possible approaches to their modelling following the routes suggested in modelling of the similar phenomena.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-45
Number of pages6
JournalProcedia Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Sports Technology, APCST 2013 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 18 Sep 201320 Sep 2013


  • Cross country skis
  • Experimental
  • Gliding efficiency
  • Modelling
  • Ski vibrations

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)

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