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Shock Absorber DAQ

ShockAnalyzer Shock Absorber ELECTRONICS

1595.00 €*

Shock Absorber KIT

What does the kit include:

  • ShockAnalyzer DAQ
  • 100 mm potentiometer + extension cable
  • 1000 kg load cell
  • 3-pin cable for VFD
  • Power cable
  • FTDI USB to RS232 adapter
  • Software CD

Note: Machine is out of stock and it is not included in the price of electronic kit

* Prices does not include taxes.


  • Real time data acquisition with any computer
  • ShockAbsorber speed, force and temperature recording
  • Multi-speed: motor is driven by VFD to record the shockabsorber characteristics at several speeds
  • Multi-test: several tests can be recorded or loaded

ShockAbsorber Machine

Electric Motor

Shockabsorber dynamometers are usually powered by 3-phase AC induction electric motors. The motors size and power is limited to its supply voltage. It is strongly recommended to drive the motor with a VFD to be able to perform the automated multi-speed tests. For power values under 4 HP, the VFD can be powered from a single phase grid. But for higher power values, normally 3-phase grid is necessary

Reduction Gearbox

Output from the motor is geared down with a reduction box. The maximum output shaft speed should be in the 300 to 500 RPM range.
Note that although most induction motors work at 1450 RPM at 50 Hz, the VFD can easilly increase this speed up to almost twice (100 Hz), which results in a high torque at low RPM (for 300 RPM reduction box), and increased speed to allow testing the shockabsorber at higher speeds with a small reduction in total power



Piston - Crank Mechanism

This mechanism consists of a drum (crank), connecting rod, and piston similar to the piston-crank mechanism in an internal combustion engine. The drum has holes drilled to achieve different stroke lengths. The disadvantage of using this mechanism is that it does not produce perfect sinusoidal motion in the piston, but having a longer connecting rod can compensate for this. Although it is not necessary to have sinusoidal motion, it does help reduce vibration. The advantage to this mechanism is its cost effectiveness because there is less high tolerance machining.

Scotch Yoke Slider

The scotch yoke has one advantage over the piston-crank mechanism. It produces perfectly sinusoidal motion. The scotch yoke has two major disadvantages. It is expensive. The fine tolerance that would be required for the slider would increase machining costs. There is also more maintenance required with a slider joint.


Shockanalyzer DAQ uses a 100 mm potentiometer to meassure speed and position, this part is supplied with the kit.

Stroke length Selector Drum

There are ten screewed holes located over spiral shape, connecting rod can be fixed in any hole to select stroke length. The longer the stoke, the greather the power needed on motor to move the shock absorber. At higher stroke, it is possible that the motor couldn't move the shock absorber, thus we recomed to start at position 1 and increase it step by step (this part is not included)

PositionStroke length
110 mm
220 mm
330 mm
440 mm
550 mm
660 mm
770 mm
880 mm
990 mm
10100 mm

Load Cell

A load cell is a transducer that converts force on it into analog electrical signals. A load cell attached to the crossbeam will measure the force placed on the shock.

Shock temperature sensor

Shock temperature is measured using a thermocouple attached to the casing of the shock with a Velcro strap. Shock performance can vary dramatically at different temperatures. With the temperature monitoring system, you can determine how your shock will proform under various temperatures. You can warm the shock directly on dynamemeter (thermocouple is not included in the kit)

How is it used?


  • Shockabsorber is bolted into the dyno unit on the provided mounting locations
  • The stroke is selected physically on the rotary drum
  • If stroke was changed, the velocity has to be calibrated for the new stroke value
  • Test table is filled with the required speeds and number of turns for stabilisation and recording
  • "Spring" test is performed to record the initial force offset and force vs position coefficient (similar effect like a spring, but caused by the gas)
  • Test is started and motor speed is driven by the VFD to the values specified in the test table.
  • Shockanalyzer DAQ transmits all postion, force and temperature values, and those are recorded in the computer
  • The computer displays the data in several graphical modes (force vs position, force vs speed, force vs peak speed, etc)

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Reviewed 16/NOV/2016