# Power Dissipated In a Linear Damper

1. Jan 7, 2012

### syberraith

Hello,

I have a question about power dissipated in a linear damper. I know that power is equal to force times velocity, and that force is equal to the damper coefficient times velocity.

What I have to work with is the coefficient and the velocity of the damper, so the instantaneous power dissipated in the damper is the coefficient times the the square of the velocity.

My question is when integrating for power dissipated over an interval of time, should I calculate for a RMS value, or would a simple integration of C * V^2 be appropriate?

This question also applies to the systems input power, which would be calculated from torque times angular velocity. Again would an RMS or a simple figure be the proper choice?