An analysis of the physics of baseball bats is presented in this study In particular, the analysis focuses on the safety of various types of baseball bats and the numerous approaches that have been taken in the industry to improve their safety. In order to evaluate their safety several factors have been analyzed including the baseball bat coefficient of restitution, the tram-poline effect, the durability of the bat and its constituent materials. In this study, a novel, patented, reinforced wooden baseball bat has been examined to determine its durability and safety relative to traditional wooden bats. Results based on a finite element analysis using ANSYS software have demonstrated that this reinforced bat reduces the stress of impact with a baseball, increasing the useable lifespan of the bat. Furthermore, after thorough and consistent use, results suggest that the reinforced bat is both more durable and safer because it takes longer to break than a traditional bat and, when it does break, it cracks instead of splintering and becoming a projectile.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Materials Science(all)