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Moving in the Rain: Should We Run or Should We Walk?

[+] Author Affiliations
Michał Kwarta, Arman Pazouki, Dan Negrut

University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI

Paper No. DETC2017-68379, pp. V006T10A059; 13 pages
  • ASME 2017 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 6: 13th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Cleveland, Ohio, USA, August 6–9, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5820-2
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


We use simulation to gauge how various strategies for purposefully moving in the rain control the degree to which an individual is soaked while getting from point A to point B. The study is only concerned with the number of rain droplet hits. We use this as a proxy for “degree of soaking” without any regard to the clothing that the individual wears. The motion of the individual is assumed not to influence the rain intensity and direction. The two-way coupling emerging at high speeds will be addressed in a different study.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME
Topics: Gages , Simulation , Drops



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