Wow, i'm late joining this conversation.....
has anyone considdered looking at fluid analysis programs? We could examine a circle in 2d. The turbulant wake of a boat, ball, whatever will tug at the ball a little bit. this tug is random. Like the turbulance behind a semi truck. Given that this is random, it should even out in the end. And a few pages later we see comments on the "drunken walk" sounds like a fine scientific term ;-)
Originally posted by AGD
Let's see, mysterious force "X" affects the paintball randomy in flight, knuckleball effect happens randomly in flight....
*looks at hiteks post on 1/6/03* That's exactly what I'm describing. but the vortex shedding is happening in 3d.. and just a few pages later our friends show us 3d vortex shedding. Really pretty if you ask me ;-)
Well, you can be sure that a shed vortex would provide a turbulant "ball" of air that the paintball will happily fall into. I would imagine the wake of a paintball would be like having a ball sit under a water faucet. If you've done the experiement where you fill a pot with water and put a ball under the flow from the faucet, the ball will stay under the faucet instead of being pushed over the edge of the pan.
I personally think there might be a chance that a drafting paintball might stay in line better. (thats why I always shoot fast )
As posted by Spantol
Given that the balls landing pattern is "perfectly" random. I don't forsee how we can alter this pattern. Not without changing the velocity of the ball to change the way the ball is flying. As Glenn noted that at certian velocitys balls are just more accurate. appearantly 300fps is a poor choice of velocity from an accuracy point of view. *makes a funny face* Now how could we alter the paintballs to change the the range of velocitys where they are more accurate.......
Further, the claim that any one firing system is inherently and quantitatively superior to another is a rather bold one. Carl Sagan said it best--"Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence."
What about changing the size of the ball? Course we have seen that heavier balls are more accurate, but that's just becuase they resist the forces that are developed by the peeling off of vorticies. Though i'm not equipped to do the math, would changing the paint size to say.. .70 or .72 make a signifigant difference?
I"m still a little bothered by Glenn's statement that the ball swept the powder out near the base of the barrel. methinks I'll be doing some testing on my own.
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