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A MULTI-CONSTITUENT FINITE STRAIN HYPERELASTIC MAGNETOQUASISTATIC MODEL FOR MAGNETORHEOLOGICAL ELASTOMERS

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posted on 2023-12-02, 21:28 authored by Jacob C McgoughJacob C Mcgough

Magnetorheological elastomers (MREs) are a type of smart material composed of ferrous particles suspended in a solid elastic matrix [5, 6]. When an external magnetic field is applied to an MRE, the ferrous particles tend to align with the field, causing either deformation and/or a change in the mechanical properties of the system. MREs are utilized in applications such as soft robotics, actuators, sensors, vibration control systems, and mechanical metamaterials[20, 19, 27, 5, 6, 13]. Recent demand for theses technologies has motivated an increasing focus on the material properties of MRE’s over the last 20 years [6]. Multiple authors have proposed a variety of hyperelastic mechanical and magnetomechanical models to describe these materials [16, 12, 15, 25, 14, 38, 2, 6, 8, 24]. The research presented in this dissertation focuses on the modeling and characterization of MRE’s using a systematic development of the conservation and balance laws, Maxwell’s equations, and constitutive equations needed to describe the MRE as a multi-constituent system. The material parameters resulting from the derived constitutive equations are estimated using data collected from a series of compression experiments coupled with an externally applied magnetic field. The multi-constituent constitutive equations predicted the stress of the MRE in these compression experiments for a variety of ferrous particle concentrations.

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Degree Type

  • Doctor of Philosophy

Department

  • Mechanical Engineering

Campus location

  • West Lafayette

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee Chair

Guang Lin

Advisor/Supervisor/Committee co-chair

John Cushman

Additional Committee Member 2

Steven Wereley

Additional Committee Member 3

Brittany Newell

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