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RESEARCH TOWARDS THE DESIGN OF A NOVEL SMART FLUID DAMPER USING A MCKIBBEN ACTUATOR

Elderrat, H (2013) RESEARCH TOWARDS THE DESIGN OF A NOVEL SMART FLUID DAMPER USING A MCKIBBEN ACTUATOR. MPhil thesis, University of Sheffield.

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Abstract

Vibration reducing performance of many mechanical systems, decreasing the quality of manufactured products, producing noise, generating fatigue in mechanical components, and producing an uncomfortable environment for human bodies. Vibration control is categorized as: active, passive, or semi-active, based on the power consumption of the control system and feedback or feed forward based on whether sensing is used to control vibration. Semi-active vibration control is the most attractive method; one method of semi-active vibration control could be designed by using smart fluid. Smart fluids are able to modify their effective viscosity in response to an external stimulus such as a magnetic field. This unique characteristic can be utilised to build semi-active dampers for a wide variety of vibration control systems. Previous work has studied the application of smart fluids in semi-active dampers, where the kinetic energy of a vibrating structure can be dissipated in a controllable fashion. A McKibben actuator is a device that consists of a rubber tube surrounded by braided fibre material. It has different advantages over a piston/cylinder actuator such as: a high power to weight ratio, low weight and less cost. Recently McKibben actuator has appeared in some semi-active vibration control devise. This report investigates the possibility of designing a Magnetorheological MR damper that seeks to reduce the friction in the device by integrating it with a McKibben actuator. In this thesis the concept of both smart fluid and McKibben actuator have been reviewed in depth, and methods of modelling and previous applications of devices made using these materials are also presented. The experimental part of the research includes: designing and modelling a McKibben actuator (using water) under static loads, and validating the model experimentally. The research ends by presenting conclusions and future work.

Item Type: Thesis (MPhil)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Engineering (Sheffield) > Mechanical Engineering (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr H Elderrat
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2013 15:46
Last Modified: 12 Nov 2013 15:46
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/4649

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