Red Bull as a sponsor had a sit down with coach Jac Orie and team Jumbo Visma and discussed what could be done to aid our top athletes in going faster, and so project Vortex was born.
This project focuses on providing means to solve this problem. And for that we studied all options to lower the aerodynamic resistance of the skaters, and in the end, we chose to produce 16 large fans and installed them on the Thialf ice skate rink. This provided a tailwind of up to 10 km/h, and this allowed for training on higher speed than ever before.
For Actiflow this is a project unlike most other projects, even though it involves fans, CFD and the construction of a lot of stuff, it is more an event than a product. And both a fun and successful one. The event has been organized a couple of times by now, and hopefully it will transition into a regular training session in the future.
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