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Advanced Materials and Devices Secures a US Navy Award for an Oversized Adjustable Shock Absorber

Advanced Materials and Devices (AMAD) received a Navy contract to develop an adjustable shock absorber using its Magnetorheological (MR) technology.  The project aims to address the US Navy’s need for an advanced shock absorption system capable of handling varying loads.


The awarded project involves the design of a large, tunable shock absorber to optimize energy absorption for different loads. This solution will be designed to meet the Navy’s needs for a scalable, programmable shock absorber that complies with military standards for vibration, shock, electromagnetic interference, and environmental factors to support fleet modernization efforts.


An MR material sample with a magnetic field on a rheometer
An MR material sample with a magnetic field on a rheometer

Magnetorheological technology enables precise control over the shock absorber’s resistance through MR fluids that change viscosity under a magnetic field. This allows for real-time adjustment to varying shock and vibration conditions, enhancing performance and reliability. AMAD’s customizable and scalable MR technology makes it suitable for applications requiring rapid response to changing environments, providing a significant advantage in both military and commercial settings.


This award underscores AMAD's capability to develop state-of-the-art solutions for critical needs. The successful development of this shock absorber is expected to provide significant benefits to both military operations and commercial industries, improving shock mitigation systems’ effectiveness and efficiency.


Stay tuned for more updates as we continue to innovate and push the boundaries of what is possible in the realm of Magnetorheological (MR) technology. Click here to learn more about the anatomy of an MR damper. Click here to view our page of selected patents and publications including MR technology

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