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|SN Applied Sciences Vol. 1 , 9 , p. -
|As the rheology of a magneto-rheological (MR) fluid can be controlled by an externally applied magnetic field, the damping force generated by a MR damper can be controlled by varying the current supplied to an electromagnet inside the damper. This paper presents the experimental evaluation of such a MR damper RD-8040-1 by Lord Corporation, USA, and its application in a semi-active suspension. The experiments were carried out in damping force testing machine. Sinusoidal displacement input was given to the test damper. The set of experiments were repeated for different levels of current (0–1.5 A in steps of 0.25 A) supplied to the MR damper. Plots of force versus displacement for each frequency of excitation and plots of maximum force versus frequency of excitation show that higher values of current lead to elevated values of MR damper forces. This increase in MR damper load with current supplied is studied and analyzed to develop a mathematical model of the MR damper under investigation. The nonlinear softening hysteretic behavior of the MR damper is simulated by using genetic algorithm provided in the optimization toolbox of MATLAB. Calculations on energy dissipation and equivalent damping coefficient of the MR damper show that the same damper can make the suspension system behave as an underdamped system, critically damped system or overdamped system depending on the value of current supplied to it. The application of this MR damper for heavy vehicle driver’s seat suspension is explored with the help of MATLAB simulations. © 2019, Springer Nature Switzerland AG.
|Evaluation of a commercial MR damper for application in semi-active suspension
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