I have been posting questions off and on relating to things I do in achery involving bows and arrows. Studying the movement of the limbs in slow motion is one of the tools we can use for developing limb designs.
I have been getting a bunch of things ready for a testing lab I am trying to build at home. One of the problems we deal with in testing is the ability to compare apples to apples and oranges to oranges. Because of this building all the test samples with known variables is the only real way to accomplish this. My question is, would a scaled down bow say 1/4 scale give accurate data? The expense and time involved in the construction has prevented studies like this from ever really taking place. With scaled down versions the cost and time involved would make it a lot more feasable. I can see where 200 samples built might be neccessary.
The bows would also be tested for performance and efficiency and not just photographed.