MR-fluid yield surface determination in disc-type MR rotary brakes

Alireza Farjoud, Nader Vahdati, Yap Fook Fah

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Magneto-rheological (MR) fluids are currently attracting a great deal of attention because of their unique rheological behavior. Many devices have been designed using MR fluids, and of potential interest here are disc-type MR rotary brakes. The plug flow region in MR devices is defined as the region where the fluid is not flowing. The plug flow region plays an important role in design and analysis of MR devices. In MR dampers, the damping coefficient is a function of the plug thickness. In MR valves, the plug thickness is used to control the flow rate through, and the pressure drop across, the MR valve. A MR clutch is performing at the highest efficiency when the entire MR gap is the plug region. For an MR rotary brake, the highest restraining torque is obtained when the entire gap is the plug region as far as there are no wall slip effects. In this paper, using the Bercovier and Engelman constitutive model, the MR fluid flow in disc-type MR brakes is modeled to determine the plug flow region. The resulting system of equations is solved numerically. It is shown that the existence of a plug flow region in the brake will affect the control torque ratio. Better estimation of the plug flow region results in better estimation of the viscous torque.

Original languageBritish English
Article number035021
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jun 2008


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