Stability of coupled human and stand-up paddle board


Journal Article

© 2018, International Sports Engineering Association. This study investigates the rider stability on a stand-up paddle board (SUP) based on board dimensions, rider body parameters, and skill level using a buoyant body dynamics approach. For this study, the system of a rider standing on an SUP is modeled as a planar motion of a rectangular cross-sectional buoyant body with an added mass attached at a fixed height. A stability map is developed to visualize stability regions for various system parameters. The result shows that eigenvalue contours are in good agreement with qualitative terms, such as beginner and professional. A new approach of describing rider skill level is proposed. Wave tank experiments are conducted to verify the analytic equations. Analytical results of the rectangular board show the same trend as the experimental results from a real SUP product.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Chen, HJ; Sequeira, D; Mann, BP

Published Date

  • December 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 21 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 429 - 440

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1460-2687

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1369-7072

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12283-018-0289-7

Citation Source

  • Scopus