P1_7 A Close encounter of the Claus Kind

Kieran Roberts, Jemima Tranter, Jeremy Murphy, Nicholas Holt


This paper examines the possible damage that could be caused an by errant present falling from Santa's sleigh while at cruising altitude, onto an unsuspecting person. The results show that for the chosen present (A wooden train set) the damage caused by the impact varied greatly from no fractures, up to and including certain death due to crushing of the skull. The level of injury was dependant on the time period over which the impact occurred and the difference between no fracture and a fracture of even the strongest part of the skull was less than 10ms

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