As a city planner, you receive complaints from local residents about the safety of nearby...
As a city planner, you receive complaints from local residents about the safety of nearby roads and streets. One complaint concerns a stop sign at the corner of Pine Street and 1st Street. Residents complain that the speed limit in the area (55 mph) is too high to allow vehicles to stop in time. Under normal conditions this is not a problem, but when fog rolls in visibility can reduce to only 155 ft. Since fog is a common occurrence in this region, you decide to investigate.
The state highway department states that the effective coefficient of friction between a rolling wheel and asphalt ranges between 0.536 and 0.599, whereas the effective coefficient of friction between a skidding (locked) wheel and asphalt ranges between 0.350 and 0.480. Vehicles of all types travel on the road, from small VW bugs weighing 1310 lb to large trucks weighing .
Considering that some drivers will brake properly when slowing down and others will skid to stop, calculate the minimum and maximum braking distance needed to ensure that all vehicles traveling at the posted speed limit can stop before reaching the intersection.
Minimum braking distance: ? ft
Maximum braking distance: ? ftask
Given that the goal is to allow all vehicles to come safely to a stop before reaching the intersection, calculate the maximum desired speed limit.
Maximum speed limit: ? mph
Which factors affect the soundness of your decision?
Reaction time of the drivers is not taken into account.
Answer & Explanation
Using newton’s second law,
The force of friction,
Work done by friction force,
The kinetic energy,
Using the law of conservation of energy,
The braking distance,
When the coefficient is minimum, the braking distance is maximum and vice-versa.
The maximum braking distance,
The minimum braking distance,
The maximum desired speed limit,
For maximum acceleration, use maximum coefficient for rolling
so, minimum distance covered
so, minimum distance covered
Now, for minimum acceleration, use minimum coefficient for locked wheels
so maximum distance covered
Maximum desired speed limit
Given data speed limit is under fog conditions visibility can reduce to 155 ft
coefficient of friction between a rolling wheel and asphalt ranges between 0.536 and 0.599 given by the state highway department and the effective coefficient of friction between a skidding (locked) wheel and asphalt ranges between 0.350 and 0.480 here one thing we should remember, regarding the coefficient of friction , if the coefficient of friction is more so that more work will be done by the friction so that the vehicle can come to rest in short time and distance ( called best case most suitable ) and in reverse less work come to rest in long time or making much displacement ( called worst case or bad conditions)
so first we can calculate the kinetic energies of small VW bugs and large trucks weighing 1030 lb, 8580 lb respectively
For small VW bugs kinetic energy is k.e Now the frictional force in bad condition, is
and the distance of stopping is,(k.e change ) work done by the frictional force here (maximum distance ) the frictional force in good condition, is and the distance of stopping is,(k.e change = work done) work done by the frictional force = change in kinetic energy of the vehicle here
( minimum distance ) similarly for the large trucks we can calculate the s1 and s2 values large truck of weight 8580 lb kinetic energy change is k.e bad condition the frictional force in bad condition, is here (maximum distance)
and at good condition frictional force is ( minimum distance)
2. to allow all vehicles to come safely to a stop before reaching the intersection, desired maximum speed limit is it is more appropriate to take the case of small VW bugs, bad condition so that the other cases the speed is less than this case so given limit of distance is 155 ft and the work done the kinetic energy is work done by the friction force solving for v