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Is this Spring Damper System effective?

  1. Sep 3, 2010 #1
    A real simple question but need confirmation:

    When I have a simple Spring/ Friction Damper system where the value of the spring stiffness is say A(Nm) and the Damping is B(Nm). If the value is B > A, will the Spring system still work? Or will the spring just keep still no matter what the input torque is?
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  3. Sep 3, 2010 #2


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    A stiffness and damping coefficient don't, and can't have the same units. Stiffness is a property which resists deflection or displacement while damping resists velocity. Check your units again.

    Also....what does "work" mean?
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