A3_9 Driving up the Eiffel Tower

Timothy Smith, Slobodan Sirovica, Christopher May, Ryan Ruston


This paper discusses how far up the Eiffel Tower a car is able to drive, depending on the friction force that the car is able to generate. With a coefficient of static friction between rubber and solids given as between 1.0 and 4.0 it is calculated that the angle for which a car would no longer be able to drive up the tower is between 45° and 76°. It is then calculated that for the Eiffel Tower the car would not be able to drive up a surface of coefficient of friction 1.0 but for the surface of coefficient of friction 4.0 the car would be able to make it to the first platform at a height of 57m.

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