Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Cool video from GE showing interesting collisions of everyday objects

Take a look at this cool video from GE:

Its fun to observe the various collisions in this artistically filmed videos while enjoying the pleasant music. For that pleasure, I am willing to overlook the error of selecting Newton as unit for energy. I hope that this cool video will stimulate thought about the nature of collisions of everyday objects. As you can see, some of the objects are highly deformable and show wave-propagation in a very compelling way. Modeling these waves is a very challenging problem. However, modeling the overall motion and energy loss is very straightforward with simulation capabilities in SimInsights software such as SimNewton and SimMotion. A lot can be learned by building such models.

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