Posted by Catie on .
A hurricane wind blows across a 6.00 m times 15.0 m flat roof at a speed of 190 km/hr.
What is the pressure difference? Use 1.28 kg/m^3 for the density of air.
How much force is exerted on the roof?
If the roof cannot withstand this much force, will it "blow in" or "blow out"?
Use Bernoulli's equation:
P1+ρgh1+(1/2)ρv1² = P2+ρgh2+(1/2)ρv2²
v1=exterior wind velocity
v2=interior wind velocity = 0
h1-h2 is the negligible height differences
ρ=density of air (1.293 kg-m^-3)
which by neglecting ρg(h2-h1), and substituting v1=0 we get
Suction force (blows out):
The above calculation of pressure assumes:
1. the pressure factor is -1 (which is not far for a flat roof).
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2. the STP value of ρ=1.293kg/m³ instead of 1.28 as stipulated. You will need to make adjustments to get the correct answer.