Measuring Impact Rebound with Photography
Sandia National Laboratories, Component Science and Mechanics
1070, PO Box
5800, Albuquerque, NM
To study the rebound of a sphere colliding against a flat wall, a test setup was developed where the sphere is suspended with strings as a pendulum, elevated, and gravity-released to impact the wall. The motion of the sphere was recorded with a highspeed camera and traced with an image-processing program. From the speed of the sphere before and after each collision, the coefficient of restitution was computed, and shown to be a function of impact speed as predicted analytically.
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