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Tenneco Acquires Rights To Sturman Valve Technology

Posted on February 10, 2014

Tenneco Inc. and Sturman Industries, Inc. have announced that Tenneco has acquired exclusive rights to the digital valve technology used in Tenneco’s DRiV suspension products, a technology that was previously licensed from Sturman.

 

DRiV is a suspension system designed by Tenneco that incorporates electronically controlled dampers with hydraulic valves. The system is suitable for a broad range of applications, including automotive, light- and heavy-duty trucks, off-road equipment, locomotives and other vehicle damping applications.

 

Electronically controlled suspension systems are engineered to deliver a blend of ride comfort and handling by continuously adjusting a vehicle’s dampers based on road/ground conditions and vehicle dynamics such as speed, turning, cornering and driver inputs. Tenneco said that DRiV offers many of the benefits of adjustable dampers without the need for an external dedicated electronic control unit (ECU). The system utilizes an internal valve with the electronics integrated in the damper, which the company said provides a compact, lightweight and low-power solution.

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