Energy Conservation

 

Overview: Computes for the unknowns in the collision using Conservation of Energy.

Entry into Module:

 

This module of the program is normally entered by clicking on the REC-TEC block in the upper left of the REC-TEC Window causing the drop-down menu to appear. Place the cursor on the Energy block and click on Conservation on the sub-menu to initiate this module.

 

Under certain circumstances, the user may choose to use the Files block instead of the drop-down menu approach. Selecting any file with a .COE extension in the Dialog box accessed from either the Open Single File or Open Multiple Files block opens this module.

 

Selecting AutoLoad [ON] from either the Setup Menu or the AutoLoad Icon on the upper right side (third line) of the REC-TEC Window automatically loads the scenario that was on the screen when the module was closed, either individually, or when the program was closed. With AutoLoad [OFF] on the main REC-TEC Window, modules will start without loading a file.

 

Data Entry:

 

Checkbox for Collinear (Head On) Collision Check if Collinear Head-On Collision

Checkbox for Collinear (Rear End) Collision Check if Collinear Rear-End Collision

 

             Checking one of these boxes sets up the Approach and Departure Angles for both units.

 

Angles

 

             Angle (A1) Approach Angle for Unit 1 (Enter appropriate angle for Left or Right Hand Coordinate System / Heading or Radial configuration)

             Angle (A2) Approach Angle for Unit 2 (Enter appropriate angle for Left or Right Hand Coordinate System / Heading or Radial configuration)

 

             Angle (A3) Departure Angle for Unit 1 (Enter appropriate angle for Left or Right Hand Coordinate System / Heading or Radial configuration)

             Angle (A4) Departure Angle for Unit 2 (Enter appropriate angle for Left or Right Hand Coordinate System / Heading or Radial configuration)

 

Weights

 

             Weight (V1) Weight of Unit 1

             Weight (V2) Weight of Unit 2

 

Speeds (2 Unknowns Allowed)

             Speed (V1) Approach Speed of Unit 1 Use X if Unknown

             Speed (V2) Approach Speed of Unit 2 Use X if Unknown

 

             Speed (V3) Departure Speed of Unit 1 Use X if Unknown

             Speed (V4) Departure Speed of Unit 2 Use X if Unknown

 

Equivalent Barrier Speeds (1 Unknown allowed)

 

             EBSpeed 1 Equivalent Barrier Speed of Unit 1 Use X if Unknown

             EBSpeed 2 Equivalent Barrier Speed of Unit 2 Use X if Unknown

 

Output:

 

Module uses Energy / Momentum or Simultaneous Energy/Momentum Equations based on Inputs to arrive at a solution. The two frames on the right side of the screen show the Output Unit (1 or 2) information as follows:

 

             PDOF(A-Number) Direction of Impulse Vector relative to heading of Vehicle

             Impulse: Change of Momentum

             DeltaV: Change of Velocity (Primary)

             DeltaV: Change of Velocity (Secondary)

 

Post Impact

 

             Speed: Impact Speed (Primary) Input or Computed

             Speed: Impact Speed (Secondary) Input or Computed

 

Intercept (Pre-Impact) and Separation (Post-Impact)

             Angle: Intercept (Closure) / Separation

             Momentum: Pre-Impact / Post-Impact

             Energy: Kinetic at Impact / Kinetic after Impact

             Energy: Actual / Maximum for Damage including Rotation

             Speed: Speed (Primary) Closure / Separation

             Speed: Speed (Secondary) Closure / Separation

 

Impact

 

             Speed: Impact Speed (Primary)

             Speed: Impact Speed (Secondary)

 

             eVelocity: Coefficient of Restored System Velocity (Restitution)

             rVelocity: Coefficient of Retained System Velocity (Vs/Vc)

 

Options:

 

Several Command Buttons appear in a frame located at the lower right corner of the module Window. The Command Buttons allow the user to engage options including the option to Open and Save the data required to generate the scenario shown on the screen at the time the file was saved.

 

             Open .COE File Calls up a Dialog box, which Opens any pre-existing .COE file and displays the output results.

 

             Save .COE File Calls up a Dialog box, which Saves data on the screen to files with any user-selectable filenames. This is independent of the automatic saving as LastFile.COE of the data at the close of this module or the close of the program.

 

             Click for Energy Solution Uses Energy Equation.

 

             Click for Momentum Solution Uses Momentum Equation.

 

             Formulae Opens a word processor (set by the user in Setup) with a file showing the basic formulae used in this module of the program. While the user may add to or modify the information in this file, it does not change the formulae imbedded into the program.

 

             Graphics Displays the Linear Momentum graphics along with LM data on the sight side of the screen. Clicking on the right mouse button brings the graphics for calculating the Line of Impact and Restitution. [Esc] to Exit

 

             N This button toggles a graphical number pad on the screen that can be used to enter data into the input boxes without using your keyboard number pad. This may be useful for presentations as data entry can be accomplished using a wired/wireless mouse.