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Harmonic analysis of semi-active control with MR dampers
Author(s): Wei-Hsin Liao; Chun Yu Lai
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Paper Abstract

Semi-active control systems are becoming more popular because they offer both the reliability of passive systems and the versatility of active control systems without imposing heavy power demands. In particular, it has been found that magnetorheological (MR) fluids can be designed to be very effective vibration control actuators, which use MR fluids to produce controllable damping force. The objective of this paper is to study a single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) isolation system with a MR fluid damper under harmonic excitations. A mathematical model of the MR fluid damper with experimental verification is adopted. The motion characteristics of the SDOF system with the MR damper are studied and compared with those of the system with a conventional viscous damper. The energy dissipated and equivalent damping coefficient of the MR damper in terms of input voltage, displacement amplitude, and frequency are investigated. The relative displacement with respect to the base excitation is also quantified and compared with that of the conventional viscous damper through updating equivalent damping coefficient with changing driving frequency. In addition, the transmissibility of the MR damper system with semi-active control is also discussed. The results of this study are valuable for understanding the characteristics of the MR damper to provide effective damping for the purpose of vibration isolation or suppression.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 June 2002
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4697, Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Damping and Isolation, (27 June 2002); doi: 10.1117/12.472672
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Wei-Hsin Liao, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Chun Yu Lai, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4697:
Smart Structures and Materials 2002: Damping and Isolation
Gregory S. Agnes, Editor(s)

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