The paper gives a general description of the purpose, design, and operation of various types of shock absorber, and describes laboratory tests carried out on them. Track and road tests were undertaken with shock absorbers mounted on a volvo 144 saloon and a Chevrolet corvette sports car. There were 10 different types of shock absorbers used on the volvo; 8 of the 10 were mounted on the Chevrolet. Adjustable and gas filled shock absorbers were used. The results from the laboratory tests carried out on a dynamometer rig are tabulated, values being given for peak loads in compression/rebound at two temperatures and three frequencies. The track and road tests were performed using each type of shock absorber over several different types of road surface, designed to check vehicle handling and ride. Suspension movement was monitored electronically, and a subjective evaluation was made of the riding comfort. Results for road and track tests are tabulated and the performance of each type of shock absorber compared. The type of shock absorber fitted is shown to have a greater effect on the ride and handling of the volvo than on that of the more stiffly sprung corvette.

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    Bond-Parkhurst Publications

    1499 Monrovia Avenue
    Newport Beach, CA 92663   
  • Authors:
    • Dinkel, J
  • Publication Date: 1974-4-10


  • English

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  • Pagination: p. 65-70
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00142564
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 16 1977 12:00AM