An embedded system to assess the automotive shock absorber condition under vehicle operation

The automotive suspension plays a crucial role in vehicle safety and driving comfort. One of the most important components in vehicle suspensions is the damper (or shock absorber).

Because there is no precise method to perform shock absorber test within the vehicle, an embedded autonomous system, powered by the energy harvested from the shock absorber itself, capable of monitoring shock absorber parameters and transmitting these values throughout a wireless interface to the vehicle central diagnostic unit, is presented.

Such a device will permit the shock absorber condition assessment under vehicle operation, which to our best knowledge is considered a breakthrough in vehicle safety.
Source: The University of Warwick
Author: P.J.C. Ventura, C.D.H. Ferreira, C. F. C. S. Neves, R. M. P. Morais, A.L.G. Valente, M.J.C.S.Reis

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