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Magnetorheological elastomers: properties and applications
Author(s): John M. Ginder; Mark E. Nichols; Larry D. Elie; Janice L. Tardiff
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Paper Abstract

Magnetorhelogical (MR) elastomers are viscoelastic solids whose mechanical properties are controllable by applied magnetic fields. We have developed a family of MR elastomers, comprising micrometer-sized carbonyl iron particles embedded in natural rubber, that can be processed using conventional rubber-mixing techniques. By crosslinking the elastomer in the presence of an applied magnetic field, field-induced interparticle interactions promote the formation of particle chains and columns aligned along the field direction. The resulting composites possess field- dependent of the mechanical properties of MR elastometers enables the construction of controllable elastomeric components, such as suspension bushings, that may prove advantageous in some automotive applications.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 July 1999
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 3675, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Smart Materials Technologies, (12 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352787
Show Author Affiliations
John M. Ginder, Ford Motor Co. (United States)
Mark E. Nichols, Ford Motor Co. (United States)
Larry D. Elie, Ford Motor Co. (United States)
Janice L. Tardiff, Ford Motor Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3675:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Smart Materials Technologies
Manfred R. Wuttig, Editor(s)

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