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Optimal Magnetorheological Damper Configuration Using the Taguchi Experimental Design Method

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Zekeriya Parlak

e-mail: zparlak@sakarya.edu.tr

Tahsin Engin

e-mail: engint@sakarya.edu.trDepartment of Mechanical Engineering,
Sakarya University,
Sakarya 54187, Turkey

İsmail Şahin

Vocational School of Akyazi,
Sakarya University,
Sakarya 54405, Turkey
e-mail: isahin@sakarya.edu.tr

1Corresponding author.

Contributed by the Design Automation Committee of ASME for publication in the JOURNAL OF MECHANICAL DESIGN. Manuscript received November 10, 2011; final manuscript received May 17, 2013; published online June 25, 2013. Assoc. Editor: Diann Brei.

J. Mech. Des 135(8), 081008 (Jun 25, 2013) (9 pages) Paper No: MD-11-1461; doi: 10.1115/1.4024719 History: Received November 10, 2011; Revised May 17, 2013

Magnetorheological (MR) dampers have attracted the interest of suspension designers and researchers because of their variable damping feature, mechanical simplicity, robustness, low power consumption and fast response. This study deals with the optimal configuration of an MR damper using the Taguchi experimental design approach. The optimal solutions of the MR damper are evaluated for the maximum dynamic range and the maximum damper force separately. The MR dampers are constrained in a cylindrical container defined by radius and height. The optimal damper configurations obtained from this study are fabricated and tested for verification. The verification tests show that the dampers provide the specified damper force and dynamic range.

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Schematic for the prototyped MR damper

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Magnetic circuit of the MR damper

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Mesh of the piston head

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Magnetic flux densities for (a) damper 1, (b) damper 2, (c) damper 3, (d) damper 4, (e) damper 5, (f) damper 6, (g) damper 7, (h) damper 8, and (i) damper 9

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(a) Curve, magnetic flux density versus gap width, (b) curve, magnetic flux density versus flange length, and (c) curve, magnetic flux density versus current

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Dampers after assembling

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The test machine with the damper under test

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Force–displacement curve of the optimal damper

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Force–displacement curve of the optimal damper

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