EXPERT’S GUIDE TO... MAGNETIC SUSPENSION
Are magnets the future of shocks?
Dr Vincenzo Paciello
Dr Paciello has a degree in electronic engineering and a PHD in Information Engineering. He is the Assistant Professor of Electrical and Electronic Measurements at the University of Salerno and has been developing electronic suspension since 2008, through a spin-off company called Spring Off. In 2016 he became Associate Professor at the University of Cassino and Southern Lazio.
The last few years have seen several different types of electronic suspension on the market that use solenoid valves to control the flow of damping fluid through the shock absorber or fork leg. Some simply give you manual control over the electronics by pressing buttons to access different modes, while others are connected to an ECU which has a pre-programmed set of mathematical algorithms, also known as a Control Strategy, so
it can send commands back to the solenoid valves. Where the Mupo Magneto system differs is that it is filled with magneto-rheological (MR) fluid and uses electro-magnets to change the viscosity of the damping fluid.