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Wind Force on a surface area

  1. Dec 3, 2009 #1
    Hi All,

    I have a problem in which I am trying to calculate the force of the windspeed, x, on a surface area of a moving object, y.

    I am applying this to a monorail model, where a monorail carriage (lets for this purpose assume its a rectangular box) with a surface area on one side is y, is travelling at s km/h, with a direct crosswind speed of x.

    I am trying to assertain if a) the weight of the carriage is important in finding out the total sideways force. We can assume that the monorail can support itself in regards to downwards force, but I am trying to find out the sideways force applied to the carriage.

    If I have missed anything feel free to add your input - I only have high-school grad level physics knowledge!

    Thankyou in advance,
  2. jcsd
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