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I really need help with Mechanics modeling
Posted:
Nov 17, 1996 3:41 PM


Hi,
I'm an A Level student and I would like some help on a piece of work I'm doing (Mechanics 1 level). The objective of it is to model a road bumps system, and although it sounds complex, a number of simplifications are made and you can assume that acceleration and deceleration are both constant, etc.
 The student's brief follows:
In some housing estates and on quite a lot of private roads in hospitals, schools etc. road bumps have been installed to control the speed of traffic. This piece of work investigates the positioning of these bumps, and the effect that has on the speed of cars through them.
Estimate possible accelerations of cars, and their braking deceleration, the likely speed over the bumps etc., and them predict the effect that a particular set of bumps may have on the speed of cars along the road. The method to use when thinking about modeling this situation is to design a system to control cars to a certain, assumed speed, predicting the distance apart of the bumps.
After you have got your predictions, you then need some data of how cars do go through a system to investigate how effectively your model has predicted actual motion, so that you can suggest possible amendments which could improve it. 
I would greatly appreciate any help.
Kind regards, Ritesh Patel.
rdpatel@phase.unet.com



