One of the scenes was of 2 kids , and an older man stuck in an elevator. So here's my question.
Why do all of these type of movies always get the feefalling elevator wrong?
Wouldn't the effect of the elevator freefalling, after the cables snap, be identical to any other freefall ride that I've ever ridden?
So, wouldn't the people trapped, in the freefalling elevator, actually become airborne during the first few moments, and quite possibly hit the roof of the elevator car.
There would be a little bit of, for lack of better words "airtime", in such an event, but you wouldn't be hitting the ceiling and your feet probably wouldn't even leave the floor. It would be more of a momentary feeling.
Keep in mind that many drop towers actually pull you down a little bit instead of allow pure freefall. S&S towers especially.
I thought the idea was if the main elevator cable snapped, there were track mounted safety devices which would prevent the car from freefalling.
Of course, this is Hollywood we are talking about.
Of course when they did it, they diconnected all of the safety devices that would have stopped the elevator in a few feet.
I believe they did do the "jump before the hit" theory and their crash dummy Buster got really messed up.
They used to have the video on the website, but it has been awhile, and their is new vids in its place. *** Edited 6/10/2006 5:22:14 PM UTC by Wild Willy***
The elevator is still rubbing against the walls a lot as it falls, so there is a significant amount of friction. For this reason, it's not a pure freefall, and I don't think you'd leave the ground.
Jumping right before the elevator hits the ground is completely useless. Completely. Say the elevator is falling at 50 mph. Unless you are able to squat down and jump from 0 mph to 50 mph vertically, you're not going to change your absolute velocity enough and will still hit the ground... only maybe at 48 mph.
You still would momentarily leave the floor though, because you still have normal force even in a vaccum.
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