Electro-Rheological Fluids: A Systematic Approach to Classifying Modes of Operation

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R. Stanway, J. L. Sproston

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Liverpool, P.O. Box 147, Liverpool L69 3BX, Merseyside, United Kingdom

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 116(3), 498-504 (Sep 01, 1994) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2899244 History: Received March 04, 1992; Revised August 01, 1993; Online March 17, 2008


In this paper, the authors describe a systematic procedure for classifying the modes of operation of ER fluids. The classification is achieved by treating an ER device as a generalized modulator and examining the different variables which can be assigned to the input, output, and control ports. This leads to a matrix, each of whose blocks corresponds to a mode of operation. It is shown how examination of these blocks leads to classification of existing applications and a systematic means of broadening.

Copyright © 1994 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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