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I have been searching to try to estimate the air density of the atmosphere on Mars during a dust storm.

I am trying to use this dynamic pressure equation to calculate the pressure on a theoretical structure during a dust storm on Mars.

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I know the atmospheric pressure on Mars is very small, something like $600 $ $Pa$, and the atmospheric density is small too, around $ 0.020$ $ kg/m^3$. Sustained wind speeds can be high, around $60$ $mph$.

My question is, how can I factor the increased density due to suspended dust into this equation?

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  • $\begingroup$ These are not the same as your question about the correction due to the dust, but you might find the math and results interesting: Could you feel the wind on Mars? and How feasible is wind energy generation on Mars? and Is wind-power a viable backup power source for Mars One? $\endgroup$ – uhoh Jan 29 at 22:29
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, not quite the same, but thank you for the resources! :) $\endgroup$ – RealDiels Jan 29 at 22:34
  • $\begingroup$ You may need to look at mine ventilation engineering or environmental protection documentation. They are two fields that consider at dust laden air - particularly how to mitigate it. From that you might be able to extrapolate something for dusty air on Mars. One problem you will have is the bulk density of the dust-air mixture will depend on how much dust is in the atmosphere. I'm not confident that just considering dynamic pressure & velocity will given you want you want. $\endgroup$ – Fred Jan 30 at 14:05

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