Gas springs and gas struts often get either mixed up or thought of as the same product; even though they look alike, they are in fact different products entirely.
To clear up the confusion and to make sure you purchase the correct product, here is the difference between gas springs and gas struts:
Gas springs are a type of spring that uses a precision rod attached to a sliding piston which moves within a sealed cylinder containing compressed nitrogen and oil lubrication. This mechanism is used in order to pneumatically store potential energy in order to withstand external forces. The nitrogen and oil provide compressible and motion control mediums, so when uncompressed the speed is uncontrolled.
Common uses for gas springs can be found in aspects that require motion control in your everyday lives, for example doors, lids, chairs and a variety of equipment used across industries. Compared to gas struts, they can provide higher forces and shorter strokes, and they can be configured to meet a wide range of requirements and applications.
Gas struts have a completely different mechanism than gas springs, which is a key difference between the two. Mainly used in vehicle suspension, gas struts contain a coil spring which supports the weight of the vehicle and a shock absorber that absorbs and dampens shocks and vibrations.
The pressure applied onto the spring provides a push or pull force, as well as a dampening circuit, so motion control can be employed. A gas strut is utilised for supporting the vehicle, absorbing impact from surface inconsistencies and for the turning of the wheels.
The differences between a gas spring and a gas strut are the internal mechanisms and, therefore, the level of force that they provide. If you would like more information before you purchase, contact us today for some helpful advice from our experts.