In this paper we investigate the torque performances of three prototypes of a magnetorheological clutch, whose operation is based on the relative movement of a permanent magnet with respect to a gap filled with magnetorheological fluid, are discussed. The clutch was already been presented by the authors in other papers. The analysed prototypes are based on the same layout and have different sizes (i.e. outer diameter and overall length). Two new performance indices are introduced to evaluate the clutch design, and are proposed as an alternative to the usually employed turn-up ratio for evaluating MR clutches and brakes. Measurements of the transmitted torque in different operating conditions were carried out on a purpose-built test bench. A brushless motor drove the primary shaft of the clutch, while the transmitted torque was measured by a torque-meters up to 1500 rpm. The experimental results are discussed and compared to those expected on the basis of simulations, showing a fairly good agreement. Some geometric parameters were found to have a great influence on the magnet shielding in the disengaged configuration.
|Autori:||Bucchi, Francesco; Forte, Paola; Franceschini, A.; Frendo, Francesco|
|Titolo:||Analysis of differently sized prototypes of an MR clutch by performance indices|
|Anno del prodotto:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1088/0964-1726/22/10/105009|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|