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Electrical interference

Discussion in 'Other Off Topic Forum' started by AnotherDunneDeal, Dec 31, 2003.

  1. AnotherDunneDeal

    AnotherDunneDeal F1 Veteran

    Jun 2, 2003
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    This may seem like a really off the wall question but here goes anyway.

    Have any of you ever wondered what the effect of so many cars in the big cities slipping thru the air has on the electro-magnetic fields. I mean, a car has a .35 or so coefficient of drag. This must produce some surface friction on cars and create some sort of static electricity. Now multiply this by hundreds of thousands of cars driving past the same point on any given day in large cities. Could this creation of static electricity have an even more far reaching effect on the electro magnetic fields and the atmosphere?

    I have no idea how any of this works but I was thinking about it on my way in this morning with all the other morning drivers. Could it really do anything to affect anything? Just wondering.......
     
  2. TimN88

    TimN88 F1 Veteran

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    It has no effect. The charges created are so small and since electric field intensity follows the inverse square law (i think), the farther away you get, the field is substantially less intense. You should be more worried about the static charges rthat come from the friction between the car and the road, which is why you sometimes get a small static shock when closing a car door after driving.
     
  3. WILLIAM H

    WILLIAM H Three Time F1 World Champ

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    Billions of farting cows & humans etc is probably a bigger problem :)
     
  4. 96impalaSS

    96impalaSS F1 Rookie

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    thats why i eat meat. im jsut doin my part to save the enviroment. ha
     

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