Browse Publications Technical Papers 2002-01-3344
2002-12-02

Kinetic Energies Involved in Racing Facility Design 2002-01-3344

The various forms of professional and amateur motor sports all require barriers, fences and deceleration/run-off areas for driver and spectator safety. We examine the translational and rotational kinetic energies involved for various types of race vehicles, and present some comparisons to typical energies encountered in everyday situations. Stopping distance vs. deceleration rates are also calculated, and some simplified trajectory analyses are performed for parts potentially launched during racing accidents.

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