• Jan 21st 2011 at 9:15AM
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Force = mass x acceleration. If you think back to freshman physics, that's the basic formula that determines how much energy is being exerted on an object when it's struck by something in motion. Catch a baseball and you can feel the force striking the palm of your hand. That pain is wasted energy, and in the world of hybrids – from cars to trains – it's energy that could be harnessed, saved and deployed later on. That's what GE is trying to demonstrate with the video below, calculating how much force is being applied to a cylinder of ballistic gel and showing how much of energy is lost when the same objects encounter something... less forgiving.

[Source: GE]

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      • 8 Months Ago
      that's like Jeremy Clarkson trying to be scientific. you don't measure accumulated energy in newton!!
      regenerative braking works in joule. all this video does is fool the ignorant into thinking they've seen something profound and grossly offend those who understand the simple physics involved.

      a bungee cord would better illustrate the energy capture. could also save falling objects from destruction if you wanted to use slomo video.
      • 8 Months Ago
      how old is this video? seriously? Toyota has had this for years. It's nothing new people.

      give us something new. like what my cousin has in Europe. They have on
      most cars shut off systems. like on a hybrid it cuts they engine off at
      a stop light. but this is on regular cars like yours and mine. saves lots of gas especially for city drivers.
      • 8 Months Ago
      "the basic formula that determines how much energy is being exerted "

      er.. its still force.
      • 8 Months Ago
      Very cool video...
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