Enter the damping coefficient and the velocity into the calculator to determine the total damping force.

Damping Force Formula

The following formula is used to calculate a Damping Force.

F = -c*v

  • Where F is the damping force (N)
  • c is the viscous damping coefficient
  • v is the velocity of the object (m/s)

To calculate the damping force of an object, multiply the viscous damping coefficient by the velocity.

What is a Damping Force?

A damping force is a force that acts on an oscillating object that causes the amplitude of the oscillations, and subsequent velocity of the object, to be reduced.

How to calculate Damping Force?

Example Problem:

The following example problem outlines how to calculate a Damping Force.

First, determine the viscous damping coefficient. In this example, the coefficient is -.025.

Next, determine the velocity of the motion. For this problem, the object is moving at 50,000 m/s.

Finally, calculate the damping force using the formula above:

F = -c*v

F = .025*50000

F = 1250 N