2014 World Cup football aerodynamics

2014 World Cup football aerodynamics

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Caption: 2014 World Cup football aerodynamics. Since 2010, Adidas has worked with hundreds of players to develop this next-generation ball, the Brazuca. Here, NASA engineers are testing the aerodynamics of the ball by visualising the way air flows around it using smoke and green laser light. In comparison to the Jabulani ball of 2010, the Brazuca is more stable in the air and has a more predictable trajectory. It has six panels, as opposed to the Jabulani's eight. It also has longer, deeper seams, and thousands of tiny bumps on its surface. It is the most aerodynamically stable ball ever used in a World Cup tournament.

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Keywords: aerodynamics, air flow, airflow, ames research centre, ball, brazil world cup, brazuca, dimples, flight characteristics, fluid dynamics, football, green light, laboratory, laser, lazer, nasa, next-generation, panels, physical, physics, seams, smoke, soccer, sport, sport science, test, testing, wind tunnel, world cup 2014

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