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Design and analysis of a self-powered, self-sensing magnetorheological damper
Author(s): Chao Chen; Wei-Hsin Liao
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Paper Abstract

In this paper, we proposed and investigated a self-powered, self-sensing magnetorheological (MR) damper, which integrates energy harvesting, sensing and MR damping capabilities into one device. This multifunctional integration would bring great benefits such as energy saving, high reliability, size and weight reduction, lower cost, and less maintenance for the use of MR damper systems. A prototype of the self-powered, self-sensing MR damper was designed, fabricated and tested. The power generator hardware could serve as the power generation and velocity sensing simultaneously. Analyses on the generated electrical voltages and power were performed and validated experimentally. A combined magnetic-field isolation method was developed and analyzed. A novel velocity-sensing method was proposed and experimentally validated to extract the velocity information from the signals of the power generator. This method requires real-time signal processing while extra mechanical mechanism is not needed. The damping force characteristic of the separate MR damper was also investigated.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2011
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7977, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2011, 797716 (27 April 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.880724
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Chao Chen, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)
Wei-Hsin Liao, The Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong, China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7977:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2011
Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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