A few months ago, I was making a firing canon that recoils, but there was limited space for the canon to recoil (it was on a ship). I knew how much force the canon produced when it fired, and the maximum distance the canon was allowed to recoil, so if I could find the spring constant of the shock part, I could make my canon without having try to find a nice spring-strength through trial and error. Finally after 4 months of procra- I mean investigating, I've found that the spring constant of the shock in SR2 is 100,000N/m.
That value is for shocks at spring-strength 1 (100%). For different strengths, the spring constant increases proportionally, so the formula is;
k = Spring-strength x 100,000 Where k is the spring constant, and 100,000 is the base multiplier.
I used 3 methods for the investigation. The first is by varying the force on the shock, the 2nd by varying the parameters of the shock (Strength, Thickness, and Size - Dampening would not affect the spring constant), and a 3rd informal method a mixture of the 1st two.
Dependent Variable: Mass (Strength, Thickness, Size in 2nd investigation)
Independent Variable: Extension
1. Design a ruler that is easy to use to measure length contractions. This is one I used; each segment is 0.1m, with a tile texture to split each segment in half. This gives an accuracy to 0.025m.
2. Add springs around the ruler, making sure the properties are kept constant, and recording the properties. Add different masses on the springs. Calibrate the springs so the top of the masses align with the top of the ruler, eliminating zero-error. Set dampening to 2.5 to reduce oscillation.
3. Make one of the springs 2.5 Strength, with a set mass. Do not change the spring properties or mass of this particular spring throughout the investigation. This will be the control spring, so if the extension of this spring is not what it is usually, you'll know something is wrong with the craft/parts.
4. Run the craft and measure the contraction of each mass. Make a table of mass and extension. You can use a ruler in real-life to measure to a better accuracy, however, make sure to reduce parallax error.
5. Perform the same experiment 1 or 2 more times if you want accuracy.
6. Perform the experiment with a constant mass but different spring property (one property at a time), and record on the table (record the spring property difference). Remember not to change the control spring. Also perform with the same method but different masses as well as spring-properties.
F = Force
k = Spring Constant
m = Mass
g = Gravity
7. Plot several graphs of either Extension against Mass, or Mass against Extension. Here I've plotted Extension against Mass. The gradient of mine is x/m, and in the form of y = mx + c, rearranging F = kx, we get k = m/x x g. So k = 1/gradient x 9.81, where the gradient is Extension divided by Mass.
The Spring Constant you should get should be around 100,000Nm^-¹
You may suffer from PTSD trying to get everything to behave. If at any point you feel stressed, stop the investigation at once and postpone the investigation.
Your like the perfect groupmate on research project (school)