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Old 2nd November 2007, 09:08 AM   #21
R.Mackey
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Originally Posted by GregoryUrich View Post
I have not said the chord structure will prevent further downward motion but rather that that is where the impact begins and energy starts to be dissipated. The collision is after a fall of 2,794m. If the chord structure does fail there will be elastic and inelastic strain energies associated with that also. I haven't read Newton's article yet so I don't know if that is somehow included in the inelastic collision energy loss.
The net result will be to move some energy from the "pre-impact" energy budget to the "during impact" energy budget, but the total will be unchanged. You simply took it out completely. Dirty pool, old man.
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