Shock absorbers are mechanical devices that are added to movable systems to resist jarring motions. They have consumer and industrial applications. On the industrial side, shock absorbers are used with heavy equipment to support buildings and bridges during catastrophic events, such as earthquakes. On the consumer side, shock absorbers are part of the suspension systems of many types of vehicles, including automobiles and motorcycles. They are also used as part of the landing gear system in aircrafts.
Shock absorbers work by creating friction in proportion to the object's velocity but in the opposite direction. If your business sells cars or uses them as a part of operations, you can test a car's shock absorbers by pressing down on the vehicle's hood. The shock absorbers are the part of the suspension system that allows the car to bounce. The shock absorbers used in most vehicles are hydraulic and employ fluid, cushions, and springs to control motion.
Vehicle manufacturers choose the size and capacity of shock absorbers based on the amount of weight the devices will have to manage. If you have to replace the shock absorbers in a vehicle owned by your business, you will have to match the vehicle's precise specifications. Read more about shock absorbers from the links on this Business.com page.