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Energy consumed by variable drag force when stopping?

  1. Jul 14, 2015 #1
    I was trying to roughly calculate the energy that could be recovered by regenerative breaking when bringing a vehicle to a stop, so I calculated to total kinetic energy and then tried to calculate the work done by air resistance that would take away from the energy that could be captured. So I calculated the drag force equation as F = 2.826 x v^2. Therefore, work would equal the the Integral of (2.826 x v^2)dx. But, this can't be integrated, as velocity is a separate variable than distance.

    I'm not sure how to get around this to get the work calculation, but any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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  3. Jul 14, 2015 #2
    You need to express velocity as a function of position.

    Alternatively, you can express velocity as a function of time and rewrite the integral in terms of time.
  4. Jul 14, 2015 #3
    That is, you need to get the relation between ##F## and ##x## from ##f=2.826v^2## first, or ##m\frac{dv}{dt}=2.826v^2.##
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