What is the Difference? Shock Absorbers vs. Dampers vs. Gas Struts

Shock Absorbers, Dampers, and Gas Struts are components that look similar but perform different tasks. Some confusion exists around which product does what. Associated Spring RAYMOND, an expert in spring design for more than 135 years, has the answer for what each product is and its primary function.


Shock Absorbers, Dampers, and Gas Struts are components that look similar but perform different tasks. Some confusion exists around which product does what. Associated Spring RAYMOND, an expert in spring design for more than 135 years, has the answer for what each product is and its primary function.

Dampers are devices that control the speed of a moving object. They provide a resistance force that is proportional to an object's velocity and stays in contact with the moving object at all times. They provide no force or lift assistance.

Shock Absorbers completely dissipate the kinetic energy of a moving object for the sole purpose of bringing a motion to a complete stop. They provide no force or lift assistance and do not stay in contact with the moving object at all times.

Gas Struts (or springs) and Mechanical Struts provide lift assistance. They provide some damping effects but are not true dampers. Struts help the user lift or open heavy hatches, lids, or doors.

More information about each product is available on their individual product pages and ASRAYMOND.com's 'Company Updates' section under the 'About Us' tab.

 

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About Associated Spring RAYMOND

Associated Spring RAYMOND, a business of Barnes Group Inc., is a global leader in providing manufacturers with precision-engineered force and motion control solutions and standard catalog products such as Gas Struts, Mechanical Struts, Heavy Duty Springs, Compression Springs, Extension Springs, Torsion Springs, Belleville, DIN2093, and Wave Washers.

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