Large Force Range Mechanically Adjustable Dampers for Heavy Vehicle Applications
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The first of these dampers served primarily as a proof of concept and a means of understanding the dynamics of a disc valve housed inside the main piston. The valve design is presented, along with other information concerning the fabrication of the Initial Prototype damper. Test results are presented and analyzed, and a second iteration of the valve is designed. The Final Prototype damper is a scaled up version of the initial design, with refinements made in piston geometry, internal disc profile, and dynamic seals. This large force range damper is tested and results are compared with existing MR dampers. The Final Prototype damper provides a significantly larger force range when compared with typical MR dampers. Finally, to conclude this research, the vehicle dynamics implications of the Final Prototype damper are discussed and recommendations for further study are made.
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