This example shows a testbed containing three sets of springs and dampers excited by the same oscillating velocity source. The first uses the Shock Absorber block and includes linear stiffness and damping. Optional friction and hard stops are not used. The second shock absorber uses a Nonlinear Translational Spring and a Nonlinear Translational Damper specified by symmetric polynomials. The third uses a Variable Translational Spring and Variable Translational Damper. The spring constant is varied during the simulation using open loop control and the damping coefficient adjusts to ensure critical damping is achieved. Closed loop control can be added to simulate an adaptive suspension system.
The plot below shows the position of the sprung masses in three different suspension models that are subjected to the same test.