G-force and displacement

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hi..just discovered this forum..very nice indeed..i was wondering if somebody could help me on something here..imagine that a car is traveling at 50km/h through a 90-degree right-hand turn..my question is is there any mathematical relation relating how much the g-force he encounters and the "displacement" of fuel in the fuel tank..or water that is half-full in a water bottle..tq..

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russ_watters
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Yes, it is a simple matter of drawing a triangle witht he two g-forces as two legs and computing the resulting angle.

so, the resulting angle is the angle at which the top surface of the water is tilted? what are the two g-forces? the ones acting on the car?

russ_watters
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Right. So, for example, if the lateral g-force on the car is .5, the angle is atan (.5/1)=26.6 degrees.

Neat, thanks Rus. Never thought of that. Simple and elegant.

wow..simple and complicated at the same time..i was also wondering if you any reference books in particular regarding this topic..i guess i need to catch up on my reading..