A Study on the Application of Electro-Rheological Fluids to Clutch Systems

Hayato Mitsugi, Takahiro Yakoh, Tojiro Aoyama, Koji Sakurai

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In this paper an Electro-Rheological Fluid (ERF) is applied to a clutch as a power transmission medium. The ERF is a kind of colloidal suspension whose rheological property varies according to the intensity of electric field applied to it. Two prototypes of ERF clutches, a cylinder model and a disk model, are manufactured. The basis characteristics of these ERF cluches, i. e. the relation between these transmitting torque and the electric field intensity, are measured. Based on these characteristics, a feedback control system are designed and it is well successed to control the transmitted torque.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1627-1632
Number of pages6
JournalNihon Kikai Gakkai Ronbunshu, C Hen/Transactions of the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers, Part C
Issue number657
Publication statusPublished - 2001


  • Clutch
  • Electro-Rheological Fluid
  • Force Display
  • PID Control
  • Torque Control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering


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