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Vibration control of a suspension system via a magnetorheological fluid damper
Author(s): Chun Yu Lai; Wei-Hsin Liao
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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. It has been found that magneto-rheological (MR) fluids can be designed to be very effective vibration control actuators. MR fluid damper is a semi-active control device that uses MR fluids to produce controllable damping force. The objective of this paper is to study a single-degree-of- freedom suspension system with a MR fluid damper for the purpose of vibration control. A mathematical model of MR fluid damper is adopted. The model is compared with experimental results for a prototype damper through finding suitable model parameters. In this study, a sliding mode controller is developed by considering loading uncertainty to result in a robust control system. Two kinds of excitations are inputted in order to investigate the performance of the suspension system. The vibration responses are evaluated in both time and frequency domains. Compared to the passive system, the acceleration of the sprung mass is significantly reduced for the system with a controlled MR damper. Under random excitation, the ability of the MR fluid damper to reduce both peak response and root-mean-square response is also shown.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2000
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 4073, Fifth European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials, (24 August 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.396404
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Chun Yu Lai, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
Wei-Hsin Liao, Chinese Univ. of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4073:
Fifth European Conference on Smart Structures and Materials
Pierre Francois Gobin; Clifford M. Friend, Editor(s)

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