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Air pressure caused by wind on human being

  1. Jan 12, 2009 #1
    Hi Folks-
    Is there a way to determine the air pressure caused by wind at a given mph on a human being? Thanks!

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  3. Jan 12, 2009 #2


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    Yes. The general formula for your units is:

    P = 0.00256 x V^2 x C


    P is the pressure in psi
    V is the wind velocity in mph
    C is a shape coefficient (don't know what it would be for a human body since it is such a complex shape)

    Hope this helps.

  4. Jan 12, 2009 #3
    Thanks for the quick response! I'll do some more digging on the shape part and see what I can come up with. Thanks again!
  5. Jan 12, 2009 #4


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    I'd start without the shape coefficient - there is a point in the middle of your body where the air stagnates, producing the maximum pressure possible via Bernoulli's equation.
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