How Ski Boots Can Be Improved Structurally
Our previous article focused on ski bindings. Another part that is just as critical (from a technological perspective as well) is modern ski boots. Just like bindings, ski boots serve several purposes: They ensure skier safety, and they should also provide the smoothest possible introduction of force onto the ski.
Leading ski manufacturers around the world are working on improving the performance and comfort of their boots while reducing weight and manufacturing costs. The rigidity parameters of the boot play an important role here.
Today's manufacturers often work with aluminum boot boards, called "zeppas". What effect do these elements have? A research team in field and lab tests at the University of Padova studied that very question.
You can find the complete research report here:
Analysis of the structural behavior of an innovative reinforced ski boot: Read the scientific paper in "Procedia Engineering."
Nicola Petronea, Giuseppe Marcolinb, Enrico Centofantea, Bruno Atzoria
HBM strain gauges were used in the study.
But what force is actually transferred from the skier to the ski? That's a question we address in this article.