Institution of Mechanical Engineers IMechE

Engineering: The Fastest Swimsuit in the World

30 April 2013

The role of technology within high-performance sports is increasingly significant. The difference between first and second place for the world's top athletes can be very small indeed and alongside focused and appropriate training comes developments in sports clothing and equipment that can support success.

Technology has made a significant difference to swimming in particular Speedo have taken the lead in augmenting material technology with a number of other sciences, including computation fluid dynamics (CFD).

Dr Morvan describes the working with Speedo for their Aqualab, focusing on the 2008 Olympic campaign in which he was involved. Hear the journey from initial ideas to product development, and the role of CFD in establishing and quantifying product effectiveness.


Dr Morvan has worked at the University of Nottingham since 2003. He is also the Deputy Director for one of Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres and a consultant for Rolls-Royce on thermofluids issues and modelling.

Herve is a specialist in applying CFD to a range of practical, industrially relevant applications, including the oil and gas sector and aerospace transmissions. He was Speedo's CFD adviser over Speedo's past two Olympic campaigns and stepped down at the beginning of 2013 when he took a new role in the IAT.

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Engineering: The Fastest Swimsuit in the World

: Dr Morvan has worked at the University of Nottingham since 2003. He is also the Deputy Director for one of Rolls-Royce University Technology Centres and a consultant for Rolls-Royce on thermofluids issues and modelling.

Duration: 1h 22