Design, Simulation, and Fabrication of a Lightweight Magneto Rheological Damper

Resource type
Thesis type
(Thesis) M.A.Sc.
Date created
2014-03-05
Authors/Contributors
Abstract
Mountain biking has significantly evolved recently, thanks to utilizing cutting-edge technologies in mountain bicycle design and fabrication. In this research we study development of a semi-active suspension system using magneto-rheological (MR) fluid dampers instead of conventional oil based shocks. MR dampers are devices with magnetic field dependent damping characteristics.Low power consumption, high controllability, quick response, and high durability are among the major features of MR dampers. In this work we first investigate the damping characteristics of MR dampers to find out if characteristics comparable to the conventional shocks used in mountain bikes can be achieved. To this end,experimental tests were performed on an off-the-shelf MR damper. The results indicate that damping characteristics similar to the ones used in mountain bikes can in fact be achieved using MR technology.However, requirements such as small weight and wide dynamic range have to be addressed in designing a MR damper for mountain bikes. These considerations are studied in this thesis by formulating a simple design followed by a constrained optimization problem and designing the damper accordingly. Utilizing Finite element modeling and simulation tools are further utilized to fine tune and optimize the design.A prototype MR damper is fabricated after the above design steps are carried out.
Document
Identifier
etd8256
Copyright statement
Copyright is held by the author.
Permissions
The author has not granted permission for the file to be printed nor for the text to be copied and pasted. If you would like a printable copy of this thesis, please contact summit-permissions@sfu.ca.
Scholarly level
Supervisor or Senior Supervisor
Thesis advisor: Moallem, Mehrdad
Attachment Size
etd8256_SSefidkar-Dezfouli.pdf 6.76 MB