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Analytical modeling and experimental validation of a magnetorheological mount
Author(s): The Nguyen; Constantin Ciocanel; Mohammad Elahinia
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Paper Abstract

Magnetorheological (MR) fluid has been increasingly researched and applied in vibration isolation devices. To date, the suspension system of several high performance vehicles has been equipped with MR fluid based dampers and research is ongoing to develop MR fluid based mounts for engine and powertrain isolation. MR fluid based devices have received attention due to the MR fluid's capability to change its properties in the presence of a magnetic field. This characteristic places MR mounts in the class of semiactive isolators making them a desirable substitution for the passive hydraulic mounts. In this research, an analytical model of a mixed-mode MR mount was constructed. The magnetorheological mount employs flow (valve) mode and squeeze mode. Each mode is powered by an independent electromagnet, so one mode does not affect the operation of the other. The analytical model was used to predict the performance of the MR mount with different sets of parameters. Furthermore, in order to produce the actual prototype, the analytical model was used to identify the optimal geometry of the mount. The experimental phase of this research was carried by fabricating and testing the actual MR mount. The manufactured mount was tested to evaluate the effectiveness of each mode individually and in combination. The experimental results were also used to validate the ability of the analytical model in predicting the response of the MR mount. Based on the observed response of the mount a suitable controller can be designed for it. However, the control scheme is not addressed in this study.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 April 2009
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 7288, Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009, 72881D (6 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.816014
Show Author Affiliations
The Nguyen, Univ. of Toledo (United States)
Constantin Ciocanel, Northern Arizona Univ. (United States)
Mohammad Elahinia, Univ. of Toledo (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7288:
Active and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009
Mehdi Ahmadian; Mehrdad N. Ghasemi-Nejhad, Editor(s)

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