Swimsuit, boys, Aquablade racer, Atlanta Olympic Games, polyester/ elastane, Speedo Australia Pty Ltd, Australia, 1996
The aquablade fabric used in this swimsuit features a stripe print created by the addition of a water repellent resin. The velocity of water flow is different between the stripe with repellent finishing and the stripe without finishing due to the difference in smoothness on the surface of the fabric. When faster water flows into the slower water, vertical vortexes are created. Surface resistance decreases due to water flow separation. The result is an increase in the speed of water flow over the surface. This reduces resistance in the water, allowing the swimmer to blade through the water, thus increasing their speed.
The aquablade swimsuits were tested by Dr Bodo Ungerechts, an expert in hydrodynamics at the Institute for Hydrodynamics at Ruhr University Germany.
The mix of low resistance fabric and carefully designed silhouettes has produced a swimsuit that is 8% faster than its nearest competitor.
The aquablade suits have been carefully engineered to give a good fit, maximum freedom of movement and an easy fit.
Made by Speedo (at its Windsor factory in Australia).
This swimsuit was made in 1996.
The aquablade suits were developed as competitive swimwear for the Atlanta Olympics 1996. This particular item has not been worn.