Measurement laboratory 7.1: Determination of spring and damper characteristics of a mountain bike

  Model of the bike test bench Copyright: © IGMR

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The test rig uses full-suspension mountain bike frames as part of the Measurement Laboratory course to vividly link theoretical classroom content with practical experience in the field of measurement technology. This hands-on approach allows students to apply their knowledge and deepen their understanding of theory in a real-world measurement environment.

The test stand is an important part of the winter semester for students in the Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering program. With more than 400 participants per year, the course provides a vivid opportunity to determine the characteristics of force elements in the bicycle frame, such as spring stiffness and damping. The test rig consists of a full-suspension mountain bike frame that is excited by static and dynamic loads. Students can determine the properties of the frame spring by taking measurements on the bike and using the institute's teaching content. The bicycle frame is a particularly illustrative example because the laws of force transmission on rigid bodies and the fundamentals of engineering vibration theory are used to determine the spring and damper characteristics of the force element installed in the bicycle frame without removing it from the system. This hands-on approach allows students to apply and deepen their knowledge.

This hands - on approach allows students to apply and deepen the knowledge they have acquired , leading to a better understanding of the theoretical content taught in class . At the same time, the full-suspension mountain bike frame from Raaw provides an industrially relevant object of study that arouses the students' enthusiasm for the content of mechanical engineering studies in general and the topics of the institute in particular.


Mountainbike manufacturer RAAW