People often ask what peak impact force can be generated during falls. Impact force depends largely on the mass and velocity of the object at impact and how quickly the object stops. Put simply, the faster something is traveling at impact and the quicker it is brought to a stop, the greater the impact force. How quickly the object stops depends on the characteristics of the objects involved, in this case the ropes, knots and masses. Consideration of these factors brings in many aspects of physics and, even with detailed analysis, it is difficult to have confidence with predicted values.
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