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Magneto-rheological fluid shock absorber for suspension of an off-road motorcycle: a theoretical study
Author(s): Everet O. Ericksen; Faramarz Gordaninejad
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Paper Abstract

This work presents a theoretical model for the damping force of a magneto-rheological fluid (MRF) shock absorber of an off-road motorcycle. The Bingham plastic model and a 3D electromagnetic finite-element analysis are employed to develop a theoretical model to estimate the damping force of a MRF shock absorber. The mode is based on the physical parameters of the device as well as the properties of the fluid, making a valuable tool in shock absorber design for a particular application. By comparing the theoretical and experimental results, it is demonstrated that the model accurately predicts the damping force.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 June 2000
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3991, Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies, (12 June 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.388169
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Everet O. Ericksen, Tenneco-Automotive (United States)
Faramarz Gordaninejad, Univ. of Nevada/Reno (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3991:
Smart Structures and Materials 2000: Industrial and Commercial Applications of Smart Structures Technologies
Jack H. Jacobs, Editor(s)

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