Shock Absorber kit: electronics, software and sensors (load cell and toothed disc included)
Note: Machine is out of stock and it is not included in the price of electronic kit
Mechanical dynamometers are usually powered by 3-phase AC electric motors. The motors size and power is limited to its supply voltage. For applications up to 2hp, the motor can be powered by the usual mono-phase power source. Larger motors in the 2hp to 10hp range can be powered by 3-phase power source. The motor can be connect to a variable frecuency drive to allow the user to cycle his shock at variable cycles/minute to test diverse speed range. Variable frecuency drive ussualy allow to connect 3-phase motors to mono-phase mains supply.
The output from the motor is geared down, using toothed belts or gears. The mximum output shaft speed should be in the 300 to 400 RPM range.
This mechanism consists of a flywheel (crank), connecting rod, and piston similar to the piston-crank mechanism in an internal combustion engine. The flywheel have 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.
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.
Dyno hardware use a n-1 gear tooth to meassure speed and position, this part is supplied with the kit.
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.
A load cell is a transducer that converts load acting on it into analog electrical signals. A load cell attached to the crossbeam will measure the force placed on the shock.
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. Note: thermocouple is not included with the kit
Shocks are bolted into the dyno unit on the provided mounting locations. The stroke and motor speed is set to a chosen speed range (If you don?t have variable speed drive, speed range only can be select by stroke length setting.). The computer is set up to receive the data and the initial temperature is taken. The machine is then started and the shock is cycled into the chosen velocity range where the data is sent to the computer. The computer can then display the data in a graphical method that will allow the operator to adjust the shocks accordingly. For example, if a vehicle is coming out of the turns too tight the operator will run the shock on the dyno to check the setting. The shock is then rebuilt to loosen up the shock and ran on the dyno again. With the proper expertise, the shock can be reinstalled on the car with the desired characteristics.