A test variation of the cap, goggle and suit combination – many test variations created a performance matrix that guided the design of the racing system (Image: ANSYS-Speedo)
ANSYS Computational Fluid Dynamics software helped Speedo optimize the new Fastskin3 goggle shape, minimizing pressure forces on the goggle and reducing turbulence over the body (Image: ANSYS/Speedo)
A free-surface simulation of the forces experienced when diving helped in the design of Speedo's Fastskin3 racing system (Image: ANSYS/Speedo)
Fastskin3 Cap (right) with hair management system shapes hair for significantly improved hydrodynamics (Image: ANSYS/Speedo)
A controversy during the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics was Speedo's introduction of its drag reducing LZR Racer swimming outfit. The suit worked so well that it was subsequently outlawed by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) as the technological equivalent of doping - it gave too large an advantage. Now, with the help of ANSYS simulation software, and just in time for the 2012 London Summer Olympics, Speedo has introduced the Fastskin3 racing system, which offers a new and apparently legal approach to drag reduction during competitive swimming.
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