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What is the type of control system of door closer in attached photo? enter image description here

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    – TimWescott
    Sep 5 '19 at 0:26
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This a spring loaded dampening system that one can describe in a form of $\ddot{x} + 2 D \omega_{0} \dot{x} + \omega_{0}^2= 0$

It's simply a piston and spring with a mechanical leverage system that pulls the door closed, since it will try to return to it's most stable position, This is stable open loop system with poles certainly on the left half plane.

Here is an example of a norton 1600, but a google image search will turn up all sorts of different implementations

norton 1600 door closer

There is no external force beyond one opening the door, no electronics, sensors or electricity and no controlforce.

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As far as I understand, the device is not measuring anything. I think the door closer is an open-loop system that either always applies pressure on the door or applies more pressure on the door as you open the door and the natural steady-state position is door-closed position. neither of these systems doesn't use any measuring device to get feedback of the output.

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