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Freeway Ramps

  1. Apr 15, 2004 #1
    Why are freeway ramps curved? something about inertia?!
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  3. Apr 15, 2004 #2


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    Not all ramps are curved. But for the ones that are, the radius of the curve depends on the speed they want people to go on the ramp.
  4. Apr 16, 2004 #3
    well you see khawar its too do with friction, by curving the on ramp it helps the vehicle maintain there 'stay' on the road even if it were frictionaless, ie: snowing or raining.
  5. Apr 16, 2004 #4
    khawar, are you referring to the exit and entry lanes? The ones that you use to exit or enter the freeway (like the Interstate highways)?
  6. Apr 17, 2004 #5
    both have been tilted in specific cases, and they are both tilted for the same reason
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