Adaptive tuned dynamic vibration absorbers working with MR elastomers
This paper presents the development of a new Adaptive Tuned Dynamic Vibration Absorber (ATDVA) working with magnetorheological elastomers (MREs). The MRE materials were fabricated by mixing carbonyl iron particles with silicone rubber and cured under a strong magnetic field. An ATDVA prototype using MRE as an adaptable spring was designed and manufactured. The MRE ATDVA worked in a shear mode and the magnetic field was generated by a magnetic circuit and controlled through a DC power supply. The dynamic performances or the system transmissibility at various magnetic fields of the absorber were measured by using a vibration testing system. Experimental results indicated that this absorber can change its natural frequency from 35Hz to 90Hz, 150% of its basic natural frequency. A real time control logic is proposed to evaluate the control effect. The simulation results indicate that the control effect of MRE ATDVA can be improved significantly.