As can be seen from the graphic, the spring characteristic represents the force progression of the gas strut over the stroke, from the extended to the compressed state and back. In the process, the spring characteristic value represents the force ratio F2/F1. When designing a gas strut, the force F1 is the most important criterion in addition to the dimensions. The force F1 is measured 5 mm before the end of the extension movement, thus defining the value of the spring force. The force FR resulting from the friction is created between the force lines in the compressed and extension direction. The extension speed is divided into two types of damping: With the standard gas strut, the extension speed is controlled via a pneumatic and hydraulic range. When installing the gas strut with piston rod facing down, the piston first moves through the gas-filled part (pneumatic area), then through the oil-filled part of the pressure tube (hydraulic area). The piston rod is braked by the oil.
If desired, the damping can also occur dynamically. For this purpose, a longitudinal groove is provided in the pipe, which allows for a positionally-independent damping of the gas strut.
Gas struts with hydraulic damping can be designed as special versions according to the following principles:
extension-damped gas struts
compressed-damped gas struts
compressed and extension-damped gas struts
Gas struts without damping