Title page for ETD etd-06172011-021725

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Adjerid, Khaled
Author's Email Address adjerid@vt.edu
URN etd-06172011-021725
Title A Study on the Dynamic Characterization of a Tunable Magneto-Rheological Fluid-Elastic Mount in Squeeze Mode Vibration
Degree Master of Science
Department Mechanical Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Ahmadian, Mehdi Committee Chair
Inman, Daniel J. Committee Member
Southward, Steve C. Committee Member
  • mount
  • isolator
  • elastomer
  • magneto-rheological fluid
  • tunable isolator
Date of Defense 2011-06-09
Availability unrestricted
This research undertakes the task of static and dynamic characterization for a squeeze mode Magneto-Rheological (MR) Fluid-Elastic mount. MR fluid’s variable viscosity rate is advantageously used to develop a mount capable of mitigating input vibrations of varying magnitudes and frequencies depending on electromagnetic flux. Various mechanical components are synthesized into a dynamic testing rig in order to extract vibrational characteristics of the mount and to compare it with existing mount technologies.

This project focuses on a mount design that was proposed and improved upon by previous researchers at the Center for Vehicle Systems and Safety (CVeSS). Using a previously designed electromagnet and test rig, the MR mounts are characterized using a quasi-static test. From this test we extract the stiffness and damping characteristics of the MR mount. A set of upper and lower limit baseline mounts made with rubber and steel inserts are also tested simultaneously with the MR mount. Their isolation improvements are compared with conventional passive mounts.

After acquiring the stiffness and damping characteristics of the mount, a model is used to simulate a response to input vibrations in the frequency domain. A dynamic test is run on both the baseline testers as well as the MR mount. Having the frequency-magnitude response allows us to determine a usable resonance range and magnitude of vibration mitigation. The results of this study indicate that the mounts tested here are an effective means of suppressing start-up vibrations within mechanical systems and show promise for further development and application. Future studies of these systems can include tests of MR metal-elastic mount designs for durability as well as parametric studies based on MR fluid type and other factors.

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