Sensitive Damping Control represents a further evolutionary development of today’s dampers. It stands for a combination of agile and comfortable driving. Sensitive Damping Control is a selfcontained damping system that greatly reduces the target conflict of axle/body damping, without having to provide the entire functional range of an electronic system. ZF’ solution is based on distributing the damper characteristics over two valves. A second valve on the piston rod is suspended between springs, which allow for a certain play depending on the vehicle model. While the standard valve handles small excitations, damping forces from both valves are available for larger disturbances.
Sensitive Damping Control is a way to enhance driving comfort without any loss in driving safety. It is used in passenger cars from compacts to upper mid-sized vehicles. There is still room for comfort to be heightened in this sector without risking safety. For minor excitations, body vibrations in sports-oriented vehicles can also be dampened without any loss in comfort. Commercial vehicles represent yet another area of application. Sensitive Damping Control is especially effective in enhancing comfort in light commercial vehicles (LCV).