Rheological Characterization of Magnetorheological Fluids

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    Magnetorheological (MR) fluids are smart materials that respond to an external magnetic field by changing their rheological properties. These field dependent properties are typically studied by rotational rheometry. Since the data of the rotational rheometer measurements may include errors caused by various sources, it is essential to study the rheological characterization of the MR fluids before the results are used in research. A major drawback of MR fluids is sedimentation that may weaken fluids MR response over time. The sedimentation is settling of magnetic particles induced by the large density mismatch between the particles and the carrier fluid. In this study, the rheological characterization of MR fluids by a rotational rheometer is first examined to reveal how the measurements should be done in order to gain reliable knowledge about their properties. Secondly a bidisperse size distribution of magnetic particles, consisting of micron- and nano-sized particles, was studied as a way to improve the sedimentation stability.

    The study of rheological characterization of MR fluids by rotational rheometer involved determination field dependent yield stresses by using various measuring procedures and plate-plate measuring geometries with different surfaces. The results demonstrated that the measured static and dynamic yield stresses are strongly affected by the plate surface characteristics as the magnetic and roughened plates provided considerably higher values than the smooth non-magnetic plates. A likely source for the difference is wall slip that may happen during rotational rheometer measurements. Furthermore, it was shown that the wall slip of MR fluid does not cause measuring gap height dependency of the results, which is surprising, as its existence is commonly used as an indicator of the wall slip.

    The bidisperse MR fluids were prepared by dispersing micron- and nano-sized particles in Silicone Oil (SO) or Ionic liquid (IL). The impact of the carrier fluid type and nanoparticle fraction, composition and size on the off-state viscosity, sedimentation stability and MR response were studied. The maghemite (γ − Fe2O3) nanoparticles used in the study were synthesized by Liquid Flame Spray (LFS) method that offers an interesting alternative for the chemical co-precipitation commonly used to prepare magnetic nanoparticles as it is a very versatile process. The dispersion of the micron-sized particles was better IL than in SO indicated by lower off-state viscosity and higher MR response. A partial substitution of micron-sized particles by nanoparticles provided improved sedimentation stability with both carrier fluids. The impact became stronger as the nanoparticle fraction was increased or the nanoparticle size was decreased. Both lead to higher particle surface to volume ratio and greater number of particles. These can improve the sedimentation stability by inducing higher drag between the particles and the carrier fluid or by forming a thicker nanoparticle halo around the micron-sized particles. The nanoparticles had only a minor impact on the fluids MR response, but often increased the field independent viscosity, which can be considered as a disadvantage in some applications.
    KustantajaTampere University of Technology
    ISBN (elektroninen)978-952-15-4221-3
    ISBN (painettu)978-952-15-4184-1
    TilaJulkaistu - 5 lokak. 2018
    OKM-julkaisutyyppiG5 Artikkeliväitöskirja


    NimiTampere University of Technology. Publication
    ISSN (painettu)1459-2045


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