Javelin Dynamics With Measured Lift, Drag, and Pitching Moment

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M. Hubbard

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California, Davis, Calif. 95616

H. J. Rust

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Stanford University, Stanford, Calif. 94305

J. Appl. Mech 51(2), 406-408 (Jun 01, 1984) (3 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167632 History: Received August 01, 1983; Revised October 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009


Optimal release conditions for the javelin are studied using computer simulation. Included are two important and realistic assumptions: (1) initial velocity attainable by the thrower is dependent on the throwing angle, and (2) the aerodynamic center of pressure moves as a function of angle of attack. Aerodynamic forces and moments, previously measured in wind tunnel tests, are incorporated in the simulation. Range contours are presented in the two-space of initial angle of attack–initial flight path angle, assuming zero initial angular velocity.

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