|About this Abstract
||MS&T21: Materials Science & Technology
||Late News Poster Session
||P3-32: Understanding Mechanical Behavior of Basketball Hoops Using Finite Element Modeling
||Luc Rulinda, Jian Zhang, Tejesh Dube, Jing Zhang
|On-Site Speaker (Planned)
This student project is focused on understanding the mechanical response of basketball hoop using finite element-based simulations. Two different loading scenarios on a homeowner’s style basketball hoop are simulated. The first loading scenario involves an average-sized NBA player dunking on the rim. This load was considered for a static structural, transient, and fatigue analysis. The second loading condition is the resulting force of someone shooting a basketball that hits the front edge of the rim. This load was considered for stress and fatigue analyses. The results from the simulated tests show that this rim is suitable for the regular use of a homeowner but should not be used for high-intensity play where dunking and hanging from the rim is involved.