LONDON, July 24--On July 29 and 30, CD-adapco’s Australian based engineer, Kynan Maley will race in the Men’s Canoe Single (C1) and Men’s Canoe Double (C2) at the London Olympic Games.Canoe/Kayak Slalom is an intense sport and involves racing down a whitewater rapid while negotiating a sequence of gates, similar to Slalom Skiing. A typical race is around 90-100 seconds long and has 6 red gates that must be negotiated in an upstream direction and around 16 green gates that must be negotiated in a downstream direction. Touching a gate incurs a 2 second penalty and missing a gate adds 50 seconds to your time.
To qualify for the Olympics is a complex process. There is a maximum of one boat per nation at the games, regardless of how many good athletes the country has. The first step for Kynan was qualifying a place at the Olympics for Australia at the World Championships and Continental Championships. He then had to win two of the three Australian selection races in both the C1 and C2 classes.
Kynan had an interesting first experience with canoeing at 6 months old, “Apparently my parents made a custom buoyancy vest but when they tested it I floated upside down with my legs in the air, so it needed some adjustments!” 30 years later, Kynan is right-side up in his canoe and trains between 10 and 16 sessions in a typical week, analyzing video afterwards to look for technical improvement.
When asked what he loves about the sport, Kynan replied, “I love Slalom Canoe/Kayak for so many reasons!There is so much power in the water and the feeling when you are in control and harnessing that power is hard to beat. The competitive side is also a great way to push yourself to your limits and finding ways to improve is incredibly rewarding.”Crossing the finish line and winning Olympic selection was an incredible moment in Kynan’s life. “There is so much pressure and I had missed out on Beijing 4 years earlier so there was a lot of relief as well as the pure elation of realizing that I'd booked my ticket to London. It still feels a bit unbelievable looking up at the empty stands when we are training in London,” commented Kynan.
Kynan’s not only an Olympic athlete, but an intelligent CAE engineer. He began working with CD-adapco during his degree working on simulation projects in the Automotive, Marine and Oil & Gas fields, leading to a position as a support engineer in 2009. Currently, he supports and trains STAR-CCM+ users in South East Asia and Australia, working closely with customers to develop their expertise within their field and to ensure they are getting the outcomes they want in their projects.
Kynan has run a few STAR-CCM+ kayak simulations using the DFBI and Overset Mesh features, but is working on perfecting the CAD model of his current canoe to get more detailed results. He recently added fins to his canoe to aid the tracking and also help transfer momentum through turns, and once the CAD models are finalized, he plans to use STAR-CCM+ to optimize the fin position and profile. The second phase is then to use Overset meshing to model the hull and paddle within a single DFBI simulation to see how they interact during certain maneuvers.
“Between CD-adapco and whitewater paddling it is fair to say I am a little obsessed with fluids, and I have found there is a lot of common ground between the two. CD-adapco is already revolutionizing sports like F1, Cycling and the Americas Cup, and with the new generation of features I expect to see more sports looking to CFD to optimize time and motion dependent technique and interactions between athletes, equipment and the environment.”
Follow Kynan’s achievements with his doubles partner, Robin Jeffery at:http://www.facebook.com/MaleyJefferyC2