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Controllable liquid crystal dampers
Author(s): Junji Tani; Kikuo Ohtomo
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes an experimental study on the vibration suppression of rotary shaft using liquid crystal. A controllable rotary damper using liquid crystal with nematic phase is proposed and applied to the vibration suppression of a rotary shaft and a pendulum. Two disks were mounted inside a housing, which were attached to rotary shafts. These disks are free to rotate inside and relative to the housing. Damping is introduced by filling the space between housing and disk with liquid crystal, apparent viscosity of which can be controlled by the applied electric field. The results show that the torsional vibration of the rotary shaft, and the free vibration and parametric resonance of the pendulum are suppressed effectively.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 April 1998
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3321, 1996 Symposium on Smart Materials, Structures, and MEMS, (16 April 1998); doi: 10.1117/12.305597
Show Author Affiliations
Junji Tani, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)
Kikuo Ohtomo, Tohoku Univ. (Japan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3321:
1996 Symposium on Smart Materials, Structures, and MEMS
Vasu K. Aatre; Vijay K. Varadan; Vasundara V. Varadan, Editor(s)

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