This investigation contains experimental and computer modeling results of an alternative method for damping automotive valve springs, in which a nondestructive elastomeric sleeve that slides over the spring with an interference fit is used to provide coulomb damping on the outside of the valve spring coils. The damper and valve spring dynamics are modeled using the wave equation with a damping term composed of both viscous and coulomb components. Although the damper is very simple and inexpensive, the reduction in residual spring vibrations are shown to be significant without loss of valve spring performance. Experimental data taken from a 1983 Pontiac family-II, 1.8 liter, four cylinder, single overhead cam engine equipped both with and without the new elastomeric dampers is used to verify the results of the computer simulation and demonstrate the effectiveness of the damper.

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