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Variable Inertia Damper Using MR Fluid

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Taichi Matsuoka, Naoto Abe

Meiji University, Kawasaki, Japan

Kazuhiko Hiramoto

Niigata University, Niigata-shi, Japan

Katsuaki Sunakoda

Akita University, Akita-shi, Japan

Paper No. PVP2016-63007, pp. V008T08A030; 4 pages
  • ASME 2016 Pressure Vessels and Piping Conference
  • Volume 8: Seismic Engineering
  • Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, July 17–21, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Pressure Vessels and Piping Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5046-6
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


Inertia damper has an inertia effect by a flywheel which is caused by a quick moving mass. In general, it is difficult to change the inertia mass physically. In order to obtain a variable inertia effect, a new type of inertia damper has a long bypass pipe is proposed in this paper. This type of damper generates a damping effect and inertia effect by the fluid. It is noted that the inertia effect is depended on a density of the fluid, cross sectional areas of cylinder and bypass pipe, and length of the bypass pipe. If the diameter of the bypass pipe can be controlled, it means that a cross sectional area of the bypass pipe can be switched by clustering particles of MR fluid under magnetization, the inertia effect might be artificially controllable. A trial damper with several electromagnets installed along the long bypass pipe is manufactured, and dynamic property is measured when MR fluid inside the bypass pipe is magnetized by the electromagnets. From experimental results, it seems to be that the inertia effect can be switched and depended on amplitude of magnetization. Finally, the calculated results are theoretically approached, and compared with the experimental results.

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