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1 4 Impulse and Impact At the end of this section you should be able to: a. define momentum and impulse b. state principles of conseration of linear momentum c. sole problems inoling change and conseration of momentum Table of contents: 4 Impulse and Impact Impulse of a force Impulsie force Conseration of linear momentum Impact of inelastic bodies Impact of elastic bodies...6 Page numbers on the same topic in, Applied Mechanics, 3 rd Edition, Hannah & Hillier Section in these notes Section in Hannah & Hil Page No. in Hanna & Hiller Section Section Section Section 4.4, Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact

2 4. Impulse of a force The impulse of a constant force F is defined as the product of the force and the time t for which it acts. Impulse Ft Equation 4. The effect of the impulse on a body can be found using Equation., where a is acceleration, u and are initial and final elocities respectiely and t is time. u + at So So we can say that mat m F ma Ft m ( u) ( u) change in momentum Impulse of a constant force Ft change in momentum produced Equation 4. Impulse is a ector quantity and has the sane units as momentum, Ns or kg m/s The impulse of a ariable force can be defined by the integral where t is the time for which F acts. Impulse t F dt 0 By Newton's nd law So impulse can also be written Which for a constant mass d F ma m dt Impulse t 0 m d dt u [ m] u md dt ( u) Impulse m In summary Impulse t F dt change in momentum produced 0 Equation Impulsie force Suppose the force F is ery large and acts for a ery short time. Du the distance moed is ery small and under normal analysis would be ignored. Under these condition the only effect of the force can be measured is the impulse, or change I momentum - the force is called an impulsie force. Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact

3 In theory this force should be infinitely large and the time of action infinitely small. Some application where the conditions are approached are collision of snooker balls, a hammer hitting a nail or the impact of a bullet on a target. Worked example 4. A nail of mass 0.0 kg is drien into a fixed wooden block, Its initial speed is 30 m/s and it is brought to rest in 5ms. Find a) the impulse b) alue of the force (assume this constant) on the nail. Impulse change in momentum of Ns ( 30 0) the nail From Equation 4. Impulse Ft Impulse F t N Worked Example 4. A football of mass 0.45 kg traels in a straight line along the ground reaching a player at 0m/s. The player passes it on at 8m/s altering its direction by 90. Find the impulse gien to the ball by the player. Choose the co-ordinate system like that in Figure 4. 0 m/s 0 x 90 8 m/s y Figure 4.: Co-ordinate system and path of ball in Worked Example 4. Initial elocity in the direction Ox is 0 m/s. Final elocity in the direction Ox is zero. So change in elocity in the direction Ox is -0m/s. Initial elocity in the direction Oy ia zero and final elocity in the direction Oy is 8m/s. So change in elocity in the direc 8m/s. The resultant change in elocity is ( 0) m / s impulse is change in momentum is mass times change in elocity ( u) Ns Impulse m 76 Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact 3

4 4.3 Conseration of linear momentum Consider the direct collision of two spheres A and B shown in Figure 4.3 A B A B F F Figure 4.3: Direct collision of two spheres When the spheres collide, then by Newton's third law, the force F exerted by A on B is equal and opposite to the force exerted by B on A. The time for contact is the same for both. The impulse of A on B is thus equal and opposite to the impulse of B on A. It then follows that the change in momentum of A is equal in magnitude to the change in momentum in B - but it is in the opposite direction. The total change in momentum of the whole system is thus zero. This means that the total momentum before and after a collision is equal, or that linear momen m is consered. This is called the principle of conseration of linear momentum and in summary this may be stated: The total momentum of a system, in any direction, remains constant unless an external force acts on the system in that direction. Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact 4

5 4.4 Impact of inelastic bodies When two inelastic bodies collide they remain together. They show no inclination to return to their original shape after the collision. An example of this may be two railway carriages that collide and become coupled on impact. Problems of this type may be soled by the principle of conseration of linear momentum. (this must be applied in the same direction) Although momentum is consered, it is important to realise that energy is always lost in an inelastic collision (it is conerted from mechanical energy to some other form such as heat, light or sound.) Worked Example 4.3 A railway wagon of mass 0 tonnes traelling at.5m/s collides with another of mass 30 tonnes traelling in the opposite direction at 0.5m/s. The wagons become coupled on impact. Find: a) their common elocity after impact b) the loss of kinetic energy. a) Total momentum before impct 3 3 ( 0 0.5) ( ) 5000 Ns Note the negatie sign for the second wagon as positie is taken as the direction of elocity of the 0 tonne wagon. After the impact, is the common elocity is V then the momentum will be ( )V using the conseration of linear momentum V V 0.3m / s This is positie, so it is in the original direction of the 0 tonne wagon. b) kinetic energy before impact J kinetic energy after impact J loss of kinetic energy J Worked Example 4.4 A pile-drier of mass.5 tonnes dries a pile of mass 500 kg ertically into the gr d. The drier falls freely a ertical distance of m before hitting the pile and there is no rebound. Each blow of the drie moes the pile down 0.m. What is the aerage alue of resistance of the ground to penetration? Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact 5

6 The elocity of the pile-drier just before it hits the pile can be found using Equation.4 u + as u 0.0, a 9.8m/s, s m m / s The momentum just before impact it thus momentum before impact Ns 6.6 Since there is no rebound, the pile and drier hae the same elocity after impact. So we can write this expression for momentum after impact if the common elocity is V: So by the principle of conseration of momentum ( ) V 3000V momentum after impact V V 5. m / s The pile and drier are now brought to rest by the deceleration force of the ground in 0.m. we can find this deceleration using Equation.4 u + as u 5. m/s, s 0.m, 0.0 Now the retarding force is gien by a 68.m / s + a0. F ma F F N the ground resistance, R, is the sum of this retarding force and the weight of the pile and drier R N 4.5 Impact of elastic bodies In the last section the bodies were assumed to stay together after impact. An elastic body is one which tends to return to its original shape after impact. When two elastic bodies collide, they rebound after lision. An example is the collision of two snooker balls. If the bodies are traelling along the same straight line before impact, then the collision is called a direct collision. This is the only type of collision considered here. Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact 6

7 u u m m Figure 4.4: Direct collision of two elastic spheres Consider the two elastic spheres as shown in Figure 4.4. By the principle of conseration of linear momentum m u + m u m + m Equation 4.4 Where the u s are the elocities before collision and the s, the elocities after. When the spheres are inelastic and are equal as we saw in the last section. For elastic bodies and depend on the elastic properties of the bodies. A measure of the elasticity is the coefficient of restitution e, For direct collision this is defined as e u u Equation 4.5 This equation is the result of experiments performed by Newton. The alues of e in practice ary from between 0 and. For inelastic bodies e 0, for completely elastic e. in this latter case no energy is lost in the collision. Worked Example 4.5 A body of mass kg moing with speed 5m/s collides directly with another of mass 3 kg moing in the same direction. The coefficient of restitution is /3. Find the elocities after collision. m u + m u m + m [] By Equation 4.5 Adding [] and [] gies e u u [] Fundamentals of Mechanics Kinetics: Section 4 - Impulse and Impact 7

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