It is not easy to forge an ergometer vs. rowing comparison owing to the difficulty of deciding upon what basis to make it. One could maintain equal rower power; invent a time or energy cost for the ergometer to cover some fictitious course distance; compare stroke rate or chain-pull; etc.

I have chosen here to maintain equal rating, equal drive/recovery period ratio, and equal chain-pull force and profile--the comparison being made between handle power and total rower power output.

The rowing calculations are made by the model ROWING and the ergometer calculations by the model ERGMOM. The ergometer fanwheel torque drag factor, K, will be adjusted (the inlet damper set) to produce equal drive/recovery period ratios--an adjustment not possible in the shell.

Rower weight: 90.0 kg; Height: 1.95 m; Peak pull capacity; 650 N Stroke rating: 30.0 1/min

Single scull- Length: 8.0 m; Beam: 0.28 m; Weight: 15.0 kg Hull drag factor, Kw: 3.19 N-(sec/m)^{2}Air resistance, Ka: 0.32 N-(sec/m)^{2}

Fanwheel mass moment, Im: 0.1001 kg-m^{2}Fanwheel torque drag factor, K: 0.000199 N-m(sec/rad)^{2}(damper setting)

Revised 10/17/02: Owing to an improved method of summimg the internal works. Constants & variables Sculler Exerciser --------------------------------- --------------- ---------------- Weight, kg; Height, m 90.0; 1.95 90.0; 1.95 Peak chain-pull, N 650 650 Stroke rate, 1/min 30.0 30.0 Drive/recovery period ratio 0.851 0.851 * * matched to rower's ratio by adjusting fanwheel damper setting Hull drag factor 0.073 (&. air) n.a. Fanwheel torque drag factor n.a. 0.000199 damper Shell speed (avg.), m/s 4.23 n.a. [setting Fanwheel speed (avg.), rad/sec n.a. 101.8 Oarlock/Fanwheel shaft power, W 229 272 Captured body momentum power, W +48 +0 Shell/Fanwheel friction, W ===> 277 ===> 272 Oarblade/Ret.spg., brg. losses, W 81 27 Lost body momentum power, W +114 +121 Total rower power, W ===> 472 ===> 420 Recorded rower power (PM2), W n.a. 272 Oar/Pull-handle power, W 310 <===229 +81 299 <===272 +27 System efficiency 0.587 = 277/472 0.648 = 272/420

The only true way of devising an ergometer more realistically to model a
shell is to "float" the device (as has been done by some) and to arrange that
the *footboard reaction be connected to the fanwheel* so as to speed or
to slow it as the force is positive or negative--just as the speed of a shell
varies on the water.

2. The rower does more "handle" work than the exerciser because his blade losses are greater than are the exerciser's return spring and bearing losses.

3. Unless some amount is arbitrarily added to it, the recorded work done by the
exerciser is under-reported at the PM-2--by as much as thirty-five percent. The body slide momentum work is omitted as well as the work done on the handle return spring. In this case one would have to add 148W (91kgCal/hr) to the recorded output in order to make up the unrecorded difference. Adding too much skews the values in the other direction. The amount to be added varies significantly with the weight and the size of the exerciser thus raising the possibility of some fairness issues in ergometer competitions.
Concept-II adds
**300kgCal/hr** to the fanwheel work to account for the unrecorded effort on the slide. If what the PM-2 thus attempts to estimate is the net work done only at the ergometer, then 300kgCal/hr for the internal work is an overestimate: [300kgCal/hr vs. 121W *1.16 =141kgCal/hr actual internal work]. If, on the otherhand, the PM-2 total represents an estimated metabolic total, then the result is an underestimate [272W *1.16 *4 +300 =1,388kgCal/hr] vs. [420W *4 *1.16 =1,949kgCal/hr actual total output]--assuming a metabolic efficiency of 25%.

4. The sculler putting out 472 J/sec (Watts) takes 473 seconds at 4.23 m/sec
to cover a 2,000 meter course; a total work output of 223,000 Joules.

In order to expend 223,000 Joules (i.e., "row" 2,000 m @ 4.23 m/sec) the
exerciser (at only 420 J/sec) must work for 532 seconds; twelve percent longer
than the rower.

5. The sculler, at the exerciser's total power output of 420 watts, would travel at 4.09 m/sec (at 27.8 1/min) requiring 489 seconds for 2,000 meters. (Because the oarhandle pull is unchanged the rating must decline.)