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Application study of magnetorheological elastomer to rolling friction control

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Chenglong Lian

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, South Korea
lllxbfz@naver.com

Kwang-Hee Lee

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, South Korea
gwanghee.yee@gmail.com

Chul-Hee Lee

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon 402-751, South Korea
chulhee@inha.ac.kr

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4036173 History: Received September 22, 2016; Revised February 08, 2017

Abstract

Magnetorheological elastomers (MREs) are smart materials that have been studied widely for their material properties. The elasticity modulus or hardness of an MRE can be changed when an external magnetic field is applied. In this study, a study of MREs applied to rolling friction control under various external magnetic strengths is conducted. To accomplish this, the rolling friction property of an elastomer on a rigid plate is analyzed. Then, MREs are prepared, and a rolling friction tester is designed to evaluate the changes in the rolling friction coefficient. The results show that the rolling friction coefficient can be changed with different magnetic field strengths. The rolling friction coefficient of the MRE can be controlled by the applied magnetic field, which can be applied to control the slip rate and be adapted to achieve the optimal friction effect in the future.

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