Your objective in this lab is to convince the assessor that you understand the basic concepts of how shock absorbers affect the ride and handling of a vehicle. This will involve discussion of your understanding of the competing demands of ride quality and outright vehicle performance, and application of this knowledge to what you observe during this experiment. Your report should be concise and informative.
Your report should be professional presented in a formal lab report layout, and include:
In your report, you should address the following (in no particular order):
To justify the above you may should consider the full range of suspension travel for a Formula SAE vehicle (25mm bump to 25mm droop = 50mm of travel total). From this, estimate typical shaft speeds that the damper might see in body roll and over road bumps, etc. Assume a wheel-to-damper motion ratio of 1:1 - i.e.1mm wheel travel = 1mm shock travel