Analytical modeling and experimental validation of a magnetorheological mount

The Nguyen, Constantin Ciocanel, Mohammad Elahiniaa

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

5 Scopus citations


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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009
StatePublished - 2009
EventActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Mar 9 2009Mar 12 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X


OtherActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Engine mount
  • Magnetorheological fluid mount
  • Vibration isolation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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