A planet full of shock absorbers
There is some type of suspension in every car on the planet to improve safety, comfort and handling.
One of the most important parts of the suspension system is the damper or shock absorber. Accounting for all kinds of vehicles in the world, there are probably more shock absorbers than people on this planet.
An old field that is almost completely explored
Over the past 20-30 years, talented and ambitious companies have intensively researched and developed every small field of the known shock absorber technique. So today we have a very advanced and well-developed product, where all the major discoveries are already made, leaving behind only very small opportunities for improvement.
The challenge of high-end shock absorbers
If you cut open a shock absorber, it is 90–95% identical to a hydraulic cylinder. In fact, the first shock absorbers (around 1910-1930) could be described as hydraulic cylinders with holes drilled in the piston.
Hydraulic cylinders are extremely powerful and are used for excavators and jacks to lift thousands of tons. However, for use in shock absorbers, this extreme power must be tamed because a shock absorber is mounted in the middle of the suspension and the suspension NEEDs to move in order to work.
If the cylinder develops too much force, it will block the suspension and destroy the road grip. Therefore, it is essential that the power of the shock absorber can be accurately controlled at different speeds and frequencies, so that the undesired movements can be dampened and the suspension can move freely throughout the rest of the spectrum. Please see the Point of no suspension if you are interested in the technical explanation.
My invention solves this old problem with a totally new technique, with a novelty search conducted by the Danish patent authority concluding that there are no other shock absorbers using this technology.
This new technology makes it possible to design/program/control the shock absorber’s damping force more accurately at higher speeds using more parameters.
This, therefore, opens up a whole new world of faster, safer, more comfortable and better-handling vehicles.
The invention has been tested by specialists and both mathematical and the computer simulations show promising results.
Not only is the new type of damper faster reacting, but it is also easier to control or adjust via a computer, making the active suspension more efficient.
Interested companies can read more, register for updates on testing results and be considered for licensed production via this page. All interested companies are encouraged to register, as a selection of which company actually obtains the rights for licensed production is based on more factors, including a prior ability to contribute to similar products.