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C1 - Smart Dampers for Vibration Isolation
Vibration in today's high-rise buildings, high-speed vehicles and machines severely affects their safety, comfort and precision. In recent years, it has been found that magneto-rheological (MR) fluid can be quite promising for vibration isolation by virtue of its adaptive properties. This controllable change of state with some desirable features such as high strength and fast response time show great potential in many applications. In this project, we aim to design innovative dampers with MR fluids through coupling the material characteristics with the system dynamics. We also develop semi-active controllers for the systems with MR dampers. The devices developed will facilitate the full realization of smart dampers for vibration control of various systems such as train suspension systems and civil infrastructures.