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Practical Question about Forces

  1. Apr 8, 2006 #1
    I need to approximate how much force is exerted on a 16cm diameter wheel (assume it's rigid and doesn't absorb force) upon travelling over an average sized bump (relative to its diameter).

    Does anyone have a suggestion on a method to do this?
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  3. Apr 8, 2006 #2


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    I would say that it depends entirely on the velocity and shape the bump. The force exerted on the wheel will continue to change as the wheel moves over the bump. Where the max occurs and how much this max is depend on situation. Sounds like something computer simulation programs would be useful for.
  4. Apr 8, 2006 #3
    Is there any approximation I can make at all without using computer simulation (unless it's easy to use and free to download)? What if I approximated the shape and peak of the bump as well?
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