Magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) based composite structures for micro-vibration control

Yiqing Ni, Z. G. Ying, Z. H. Chen

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Magneto-rheological elastomers (MREs) are used to construct composite structures for micro-vibration control of equipment under stochastic support-motion excitations. The dynamic behavior of MREs as a smart viscoelastic material is characterized by a complex modulus dependent on vibration frequency and controllable by external magnetic fields. Frequency-domain solution methods for stochastic micro-vibration response analysis of the MRE-based structural systems are developed to derive the system frequency-response function matrices and the expressions of the velocity response spectrum. With these equations, the root-mean-square (RMS) velocity responses in terms of the one-third octave frequency band spectrum can be calculated. Further, the optimization problem of the complex moduli of the MRE cores is defined by minimizing the velocity response spectra and the RMS velocity responses through altering the applied magnetic fields. Simulation results illustrate the influences of MRE parameters on the RMS velocity responses and the high response reduction capacities of the MRE-based structures. In addition, the developed frequency-domain analysis methods are applicable to sandwich beam structures with arbitrary cores characterized by complex shear moduli under stochastic excitations described by power spectral density functions, and are valid for a wide frequency range.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)345-356
Number of pages12
JournalEarthquake Engineering and Engineering Vibration
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 21 Oct 2010


  • composite structure
  • equipment
  • magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE)
  • micro-vibration control
  • sandwich beam
  • stochastic excitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Mechanical Engineering


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