Developing the viscoelastic model and model-based fuzzy controller for the MRE isolator for the wide frequency range vibration isolation

Katari Kiran, Umanath R. Poojary, K. V. Gangadharan

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The ability to mitigate the vibrations by a magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) isolator varies with the amplitude of the excitation and the magnetic field. To implement semi-active vibration control, a mathematical model representing the dynamic response over a wide frequency range is crucial. In the present study, an attempt was made to develop a mathematical model for the designed MRE isolator over a wide frequency range under different operating conditions. A model-based fuzzy controller was developed to implement semi-active control attributes over a broadband frequency. The methodology entails that the MRE isolator operating in shear mode was designed. The performance of the isolator was evaluated over a frequency range of 15–80 Hz with varying input currents and excitation amplitudes. The transmissibility response of MRE isolator was mathematically represented using viscoelastic constitutive relations. The isolator system was represented in state-space form, and its parameters were determined by minimizing the mean square error between experimental and model responses. A polynomial function was used to generalize variations in viscoelastic model parameters with respect to the input current. Based on the controller stopping frequency, a relationship was established between the current input to the MRE isolator and the excitation amplitude. Using the mathematical equations, a model-based fuzzy controller was developed and tested in simulation and real-time conditions. The results show that the controller effectively isolates the vibration amplitude at various excitation amplitudes and frequencies.

Original languageEnglish
Article number275
JournalJournal of the Brazilian Society of Mechanical Sciences and Engineering
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 07-2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics


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