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Need Help With Egg Drop!

  1. Feb 11, 2004 #1
    We are building a contraption out of 50 drinking straws (non bendable) and one meter of tape that will stop one large egg from breaking on impact. It will be dropped from a third story.

    We would sincerely appreciate some design input, as we have already lost 7 eggs to my front walkway.
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2004 #2

    NateTG

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    It's not the fall, but the sudden stop at the end.

    There are two common tactics for reducing the sudden-ness of the stop:

    Slowing the fall (parachute) and slowing the impact (cushioning). You're probably best off with a combination of the approaches.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2004 #3
    how about cheating and boiling the egg.......:wink:
     
  5. Feb 11, 2004 #4
    use a drag affect(parachute) so that you KNOW which specific side it will land on, then design something that delays the time of impact, ie straws that are shaped like a teepee, enclosing the egg at the top, and letting the bottom on impact flower out as it lands...
     
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