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Wednesday, April 26 • 9:50am - 10:15am
Ride or Die

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Active and semi-active suspensions offer many advantages over traditional passive systems in performance and safety, and are becoming prevalent in the mid to upper price range of consumer automobiles, particularly in more rugged, sporty, or recreational vehicles such as two-axle trucks, sports cars, and four wheel off-road vehicles. The advantages of active damping are applicable to the sport of downhill mountain biking, and such an active suspension can be made at a marketable price for enthusiast cyclists. Magneto-rheological dampers offer nearly as substantial of a performance increase over passive damping as a fully active, actuated system at considerably reduced cost and complexity. In addition to more sensitive adaptive performance, the semi-active system offers the advantage of being self-tuning, removing an unpleasant and dangerous process from the installation of a new suspension into a bicycle. The introduction of sensor feedback and electronic microcontroller actuation turns a traditional mechanical system into a modern mechatronic device.


Wednesday April 26, 2017 9:50am - 10:15am
417 Mountain View Room, Wilma Sherrill Center