Shock Isolation Theory

The shock absorbing characteristics of natural rubber elastomers are partly due to the energy dissipating properties but also due to the damping properties which applies to either a single (shock) force acting on a mass or cyclical force (vibration) acting on a system.  In both cases, isolation requires resistance, as represented by the spring, and damping as represented by the dashpot in this diagram.

 Spring, Mass & Damper

For Wire Rope, or Cable Isolators, the graph below provides approximate correlation between input shock (or drop height) and output shock and deflection

Cable mount response

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