[funsec] RE: [privacy] Gas prices and car driving
andrewwilly at gmail.com
Sat Aug 5 10:23:53 CDT 2006
Ahh, interesting experiment. We'll need a moose frame and 1200 lbs of
ballastics gel (I've been watching Mythbusters.) Someone fashion antlers.
In true Mythbusters fashion, if we cannot destroy our car at 20, or 60,
we'll adjust the speed until we do. If that doesn't work, we'll tie a
dummy to the moose and explode both.
On 8/4/06, Gary Funck <gary at intrepid.com> wrote:
> Andrew wrote (in part):
> > It was a direct question about running into a moose and which speed is
> > worse (assuming "worse" means likelihood of injury to occupants) --- 20
> > or 60 miles per hour. Is there any question that 60 mph, or any speed
> > greater than the one compared to for that matter, is "worse"?
> This may be difficult to model, and may depend upon the strength
> of the vehicle relative to the moose. We should probably first
> presume that the moose is standing in the road or running across it.
> If he's taking a nap in the middle of the road, then we must
> resort to a different line of analysis. For the purposes of this
> analysis, let's assume that he's standing, staring in our headlights.
> A 1200 pound moose standing on four legs will not offer the
> same resistance as a 1200 pound boulder. That's because the impact
> will tend to lift the moose up off its feet and this will cause
> our momentum to be carried forward into the moose rather than being
> reflected back into the frame of the car. Thus the deformation will
> unfortunately predominately occur in the moose -- that is where
> the bulk of the energry will be transmitted and subsequently absorbed.
> If this hypothesis holds true, then it is likely that higher speeds
> will serve only to damage the moose more, and will leave our car
> frame and body relatively unaffected. <g>
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