Optimal design of a new multipole bilayer magnetorheological brake

Yaojung Shiao, Nguyen Anh Ngoc, Chien Hung Lai

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This article presents a new high-torque multipole bilayer magneto-rheological brake (MRB). This MRB has a unique structural design with multiple electromagnetic poles and multiple media layers of magnetorheological fluid (MRF). The MRB has two rotors located on the outer and inner sides of a six-pole stator, and therefore, it can provide higher torque and a larger torque-to-volume ratio (TVR) than conventional single- or multipole single-layer MRBs can. Moreover, the problem of potential MRF leakage is solved by using cylindrical separator rings around the stator. In this study, first, the structure of the proposed MRB is introduced. An analog magnetic circuit was built for the MRB to investigate the effects of the MRB parameters on the magnetic field intensity of the MRF layers. In addition, a 3D electromagnetic model of the MRB was developed to simulate and examine the magnetic flux intensity and corresponding braking torque. An approximate optimization method was then applied to obtain the optimal geometric dimensions for the major dimensional parameters of the MRB. The MRB was manufactured and tested to validate its torque and dynamic characteristics. The results showed that the proposed MRB exhibited great enhancement of the braking torque and TVR.

Original languageEnglish
Article number115015
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Oct 7 2016


  • braking torque
  • magnetorheological brake
  • multilayer MRB
  • multipole MRB
  • torqueto-volume ratio

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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