CD-adapco’s Kynan Maley To Race in Canoe Events at 2012 London Olympic Games

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Kynan Maley is based in CD-adapco’s Australia office and will race in the Men’s Canoe Single and Men’s Canoe Double.

Kynan paddling the C1 at the London Olympic Test Event on the same rapids where he will race the Olympics.

Kynan paddling the C1 at the London Olympic Test Event on the same rapids where he will race the Olympics.

There was so much pressure so I felt a lot of relief and pure elation realizing I'd booked my ticket to London. It still feels a bit unbelievable looking up at the empty stands when we are training.

July 29 and 30, CD-adapco’s engineer, Kynan Maley will race in the Canoe Slalom at the London Olympic Games for Australia. Canoe/Kayak Slalom is an intense sport involving racing down a whitewater rapid while negotiating a sequence of gates, similar to Slalom Skiing.

Kynan had an interesting first experience with canoeing at 6 months old, “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 training 10 - 16 sessions in a typical week.

When asked what he loves about the sport, Kynan replied, “I love it 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 for Kynan as he had missed out on Beijing, “There was so much pressure so I felt a lot of relief and pure elation realizing I'd booked my ticket to London. It still feels a bit unbelievable looking up at the empty stands when we are training.”

Kynan’s not only an Olympic athlete, but an intelligent CAE engineer. He began working as a CD-adapco support engineer in 2009 and currently supports and trains STAR-CCM+ users in South East Asia and Australia.

Kynan has run STAR-CCM+ kayak simulations using the DFBI and Overset Mesh features. He recently added fins to aid the tracking and help transfer momentum through turns. He plans to use STAR-CCM+ to optimize the fin position and profile then Overset Meshing to model the hull and paddle within a single DFBI simulation to see how they interact.

“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.”

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