Dow and USA Luge Technical Partnership Delivers Advanced Sleds for PyeongChang 2018
Collaboration at the intersection of science and sport developed sleds for superior performance
Dow is applying the knowledge of physical sciences and state of the art engineering tools to develop an advanced luge sled. For example, Dow engineers gather insights into the track dynamics through a computer based model which helps to understand the interplay between various types of forces acting on the athlete and sled. Through its advanced manufacturing and testing capabilities, Dow creates prototypes of new designs and validates them with internal testing. Promising ideas are further tested on the track by USA Luge athletes who are able to assess the practical advantages of the changes.
“By transforming the end-to-end process of sled R&D, design and manufacturing, Dow helps to continually innovate the sleds that the USA Luge team uses,” said Gordy Sheer, Director of Marketing and Sponsorship of USA Luge.
“Exceptional solutions require exceptional teams and teamwork,” said Louis A. Vega, Dow’s vice president of Olympic & Sports Solutions. “Dow’s long history and deep expertise in materials science combined with our drive for innovation complements USA Luge’s drive for sporting excellence and breakthrough performances. Together, we have been able to help push the limits of design possibilities which in turn has given Dow new insights for our broad portfolio of solutions. We are proud of this partnership and the team’s achievements this month.”
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