Study of the behavior of MR fluids in squeeze, torsional and valve modes

P. Kulkarni, C. Ciocanel, S. L. Vieira, N. Naganathan

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In order to understand the effectiveness of MR fluids in some applications, such as bearings, this work focuses on the properties of MR fluids under squeeze mode, torsional mode and squeeze combined with torsional mode. A special device was designed and fabricated to perform these experiments, which were carried out on an Instron Multiaxial Testing Machine. The hysteresis loops of the MR fluids were studied for different intensities of electric current, frequency, strain amplitude and angle amplitude. The results showed that the damping force and the area of the hysteresis loop of MR fluids increase with the current and strain amplitude. Changes on the frequency did not influence the stress values significantly, within the range of frequencies used in these experiments. In order to evaluate the performance of a squeeze film damper (SFD), measurements were made using a MR damper manufactured by Lord Corporation (RD1005), which operates in valve mode. The results of the SFD were compared to the ones obtained with the RD1005 damper. The shape of the hysteresis loop curves and the MR effect were found to be different for the squeeze film damper and the RD1005 damper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)99-104
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2003


  • Magnetorheological fluids
  • Magnetorheology
  • Squeeze flow
  • Value mode

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanical Engineering


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