Fluidampr FR-S/BRZ Crankshaft Damper Development


2nd order comparison between the OEM tuned elastomer damper and Fluidampr performance damper. The dominant 2nd order represents the firing order in 4 cylinder, 4 stroke engines. Clear start and stop damping range spikes of the tuned elastomer damper is present at 3900 and 5250 rpm, or 130Hz to 175Hz, for a narrow operating range of only 45Hz. Note the smoothness of the Fluidampr damping capability through the same rpm range.
3rd order comparison between the OEM tuned elastomer damper and Fluidampr performance damper. The Fluidampr performance damper was able to cut amplitude of the excited 3rd order vibration generated by the 260Hz crankshaft resonance in half, down to below .1 degrees peak.
The 6th order difference between an un-damped lightweight pulley and the Fluidampr performance damper.  

Differences between the Fluidampr performance damper, stock tuned elastomer damper and un-damped lightweight pulley also appear on the dynamometer.


Comparative torque and horsepower results. High rpm gains align with areas where the Fluidampr performance damper outperformed torsional vibration control. Superior damping freed up horsepower and torque through overall engine efficiency gains previously lost due to torsional vibration.

Conclusion – lighter is not always better

Comparative gains between 4,000rpm – 7,000rpm at only 150rwhp peak on a boxer engine is impressive. One can only conclude how much of an improvement the Fluidampr performance damper would make at much higher horsepower. Why did the Fluidampr, at 4.6lbs heavier than the 1.195lbs lightweight crank pulley, come out on top? “Excessive crankshaft torsional vibration robs power and accelerates component wear. You need proper mass with broad range damping to control it. The more power you add, the more you need to upgrade to a quality viscous damper for durability and optimum performance,” concludes Neyman.  “Mass also determines where rotating assembly resonance points will occur. As shown during testing, without proper mass the lightweight pulley shifted a new high frequency resonance point into the operating range. Flywheel/flexplate, crankshaft, rod & piston changes can all have similar harmonic effects.”

The second advantage in favor of the Fluidampr performance damper is the concept of rotating weight. While the overall weight is 5.8lbs, because the inner inertia ring is not bonded and freely rotates, its weight is not fully felt by the crankshaft once the engine is operating. It can be calculated that the rotating weight of a viscous damper is roughly 2/3 its overall weight. Meaning at rpm, the rotational weight spinning in unison with the crankshaft feels more like 3.8lbs. That, plus broad range damping, gave it the edge over the stock tuned elastomer damper.




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