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@Ben This is to answer the comment whether there are configurations that a hydraulic cylinder acts as a spring. Please Note that with the term hydraulic cylinder, I consider any cylinder with a hydraulic fluid that can act as an actuator. Automotive shock absorber: The following is an automotive shock absorbed. Notice the use of oil and gas (usually nitrogen)...


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A hydraulic cylinder filled with hydraulic fluid cannot deflect unless the fluid has somewhere to go. It cannot act as a spring unless the reservoir has the capability to absorb the fluid and the ability to maintain a restorative pressure during compression. In a simple system this would be a spring and at that point you are asking, "Would a spring act ...


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