RESEARCH PAPERS: Power Transmission and Gearing Papers

An Experimental Study of Electro-Rheological Torque Transmission

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N. G. Stevens, J. L. Sproston, R. Stanway

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

J. Mech., Trans., and Automation 110(2), 182-188 (Jun 01, 1988) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3258924 History: Received May 30, 1986; Online November 19, 2009


The electro-rheological (ER) effect is the name given to the phenomenon whereby the resistance to flow of certain special fluids can be controlled through the application of an electric field. To examine the utilization of ER fluids for torque transmission an experimental facility has been designed and constructed. This paper describes, in detail, the test facility and presents the results of a series of experiments to determine the torque transmission characteristics as a function of voltage and fluid temperatures. The results are analyzed to provide guidelines to assist in the development of practical ER devices.

Copyright © 1988 by ASME
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