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Cycling Canada handbike

Cycling Canada is a national organization dedicated to the holistic development of the sport which includes all cycling disciplines. As part of this project, the client wanted to analyze the handbike aerodynamics to optimize the geometry of the carbon fiber seat and then modify it physically. LxSim's mandate was first to scan the handbike and the rider. The next step consisted of optimizing the lower surface of the seat to reduce the drag by running CFD simulation from the initial scanned geometry to the final optimized shape. In a second phase, Lx Sim had to design the laminate using finite elements, select the materials and modify physically the lower surface of the handbike according to the optimized geometry.