Aerodynamic Effects in a Dropped Ping-Pong Ball Experiment

Mark Nagurka

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This paper addresses aerodynamic modeling issues related to a simple experiment in which a ping-pong ball is dropped from rest onto a table surface, From the times between the ball-table impacts, the initial drop height and the coefficient of restitution can be determined using a model that neglects aerodynamic drag. The experiment prompts questions about modeling the dynamics of a simple impact problem, including the importance of accounting for aerodynamic effects. Two nonlinear aerodynamic models are discussed in the context of experimental results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)623-630
Number of pages8
JournalInternational Journal of Engineering Education
Issue number4
StatePublished - 8 Oct 2003
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Engineering


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