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How to Determine Gas Strut Size

Selecting the best gas strut size is crucial to ensure optimal performance and safety. Additionally, choosing the correct size can be a complex task, especially in more specialised applications where there are many variables to consider. Read our easy to follow guide below so you can ensure you are getting the right size for your needs.

The 5 things to consider when choosing your gas strut size

  1. Weight of the Load and its Centre of Gravity

The first step in choosing the right gas strut size is to measure the weight of the load (i.e. your hatch, door or lid). The greater the weight of the load to be moved, the bigger the cylinder diameter needs to be. To make sure the gas strut can handle the load, it's important to measure the weight accurately. Use a reliable weighing scale to find out how many pounds or kilograms the load weighs.

The centre of gravity is middle point where the load's weight is focused. It's important to consider it for the most secure system; generally, the load should be close to the centre of gravity.

  1. Determine the Desired Stroke Length

The stroke/piston length of a gas strut is the range of motion when extending and compressing to perform its intended function effectively. This is an important consideration as when the stroke/piston length is longer, the gas strut itself will be longer. You should measure the maximum travel distance required for your application, taking into account any obstructions or limitations that may affect the movement.

  1. Mounting Orientation and Location

It's important to consider the orientation and location when mounting your gas strut. Will the installation be horizontal, vertical, or at an angle? You should determine the available space for mounting and consider any limitations that may affect the gas strut's size or configuration.

  1. Be Within the Manufacturer's Load Capacity Range

Gas struts are designed to support specific weight ranges, so exceeding the load capacity can cause worse performance or safety risks. Ensure it falls within the recommended load capacity for your application by referring to the manufacturer's specifications.

  1. Assess Environmental Conditions

Environmental factors, particularly temperature, may impact the size you should choose. Cold temperatures can cause gas to contract (reduced force capacity), meaning a slightly larger gas strut will work best. Hot temperatures cause the gas to expand (increased force capacity), so a slightly smaller gas strut will be most effective.

Do you need further guidance?

When selecting a gas spring, it's important to consider all of the mentioned factors to ensure that you choose the right size for your needs. As distributors of gas struts, we can help you determine the best size and force capacity for your specific application, ensuring that you get the most effective and efficient performance. With the right size and specifications, your gas spring will provide reliable and consistent performance for years to come.

If you require any further assistance, please talk to our friendly customer service team on 01922 471 000 or email at [email protected]. Alternatively, fill out an enquiry form on our contact page.

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