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No programming in this at all, but I figure there are some physics geeks amongst the crowd.
Here's the situation: My general lunch routine recently has been to be eating at a picnic table on the Jersey City boardwalk, overlooking the Hudson river --- none of that is particular relevant except to say, it's a bit windy.
Somedays I eat a pizza, which is served in a small flat box. After I finish eating, I'll sit at the table and read for a while, before packing up my thing, throwing out the garbage, and returning to work.
During this point, I don't want the box blowing away, so I close of the box so it's a flat as possible.
Now, the question: Have I made the box MORE aerodynamic, or LESS?
The immediate goal is to allow the wind to pass smoothly over the box, instead of dragging it away, which would be MORE aerodynamic.
But the overall goal is to prevent it from flying away, which would mean LESS aerodynamic....
IMO, a pizza box is too light to consider aerodynamics. What you really want is to decrease the surface area of the box on which the wind can apply any Pressure.
Since Force = Pressure x Area, considering the pressure by the wind is a constant, the lesser the area the lesser the force applied on the box hence, the lesser the chances that the wind will move it, given that the pressure is not too much.
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In fact, I hate knocking.
What you should be doing is forming it into an inverted wing - do that instead of generating lift, it creates downforce, "sucking" it onto the table and increasing the friction, thus preventing it from getting blown away.
Naturally, you will need to design this for the prevailing wind speed range and direction to get a noticeable effect.
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