Hydraulic Damping Information Needed

In summary: Adam.In summary, Adam is looking for information on how to improve the damping on his suspension fork. He is at uni in England and does not seem to be able to find any books on the subject. He is interested in damping for mountain biking and was wondering if anyone had any advice.
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1st of all - Hi everyone, this looks like a great resource, hopefully i'll be a frequent visitor!

Anyway, the reason for this post is to findout if anyone knows of any texts concerning the more practical (design) side of hydraulic damping used in suspension systems.

Im at uni in England at the moment doind Mechanical engineering, but i don't seem to be able to find any books on the subject in our library. Maybe I am not looking hard enough.

The reason i am looking for this information is purely interest - i ride mountainbikes in my spare time, and i was looking for a way to improve the damping circuit on my suspension fork, a 'Rockshox Boxxer' fork if anyone is interested.

I know it can be done, as there are several suspension tuning companies in England that cater specifically for mountainbikers (www.tftuned.com, for example) i was just wondering where the information that they obviously use comes from.

I would like to improve the consistancy of the damping, as well as making the damping smoother.

Any help or advice would be very much appreciated!

Adam.
 
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Boxxers, they're coil spring with oil damping right?

What uni are you at? I find it hard to believe that your library doesn't have the necessary books, ours is rammed with this kind of thing.
 
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Boxxers, they're coil spring with oil damping right?

yeah, that's the one.

i must admit i was suprised at the lack of information, but I am not sure how specialist the subject is. there is a lot of information about suspension geometries as regards cars (anti squat and roll centres etc etc) but nothing at all about oil bath damping :cry: . Most of it is about damping pistons, which isn't really all that useful. I could be looking in the wrong bit of the library, I am not too sure...

Im at Aston Uni in Birmingham, by the way.

Still, any help much appreciated.
 

Related to Hydraulic Damping Information Needed

1. What is hydraulic damping?

Hydraulic damping is a mechanism that uses fluid resistance to slow down or dampen the motion of a mechanical system. It is commonly used in engineering and physics to control and reduce unwanted vibrations or oscillations.

2. How does hydraulic damping work?

Hydraulic damping works by forcing a fluid, such as oil, through a narrow channel or valve. This creates resistance and dissipates energy, which reduces the amplitude of the mechanical system's motion.

3. What are the advantages of hydraulic damping?

Hydraulic damping offers several advantages, including high damping efficiency, wide range of control, and ability to handle large loads. It also has a simple design and is relatively low cost compared to other damping methods.

4. What are common applications of hydraulic damping?

Hydraulic damping is commonly used in shock absorbers, suspension systems, and vibration control devices in vehicles, buildings, and industrial machinery. It is also used in wind turbines, cranes, and other structures to reduce wind-induced vibrations.

5. How do I determine the necessary hydraulic damping for my system?

The amount of hydraulic damping needed for a system depends on various factors such as the type of system, the frequency of vibrations, and the desired level of damping. It can be determined through mathematical calculations or by conducting experiments and adjusting the damping until the desired results are achieved.

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