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Study on the Compact MR fluid Brake for the Training and Sporting Equipment for Leg Rehabilitation

하지 재활운동치료 기구에 적용하기 위한 소형 MR 유체 브레이크에 관한 연구

  • 박우철 (강원대학교 자동차공학과) ;
  • 이현창 (강원대학교 자동차공학과) ;
  • 김일겸 (첨단기공(주) 부설연구소)
  • Received : 2012.02.13
  • Accepted : 2012.07.12
  • Published : 2012.07.31

Abstract

In this study, the training and sporting equipment for leg rehabilitation featuring the MR fluids is proposed. The compact MR fluid brake is designed and manufactured to apply to the rehabilitation training and sporting mechanism. The resistance characteristic of the MR fluid brake is controllable by varying the magnetic field around the fluid. Under consideration of spatial limitation, design parameters which are related with the magnetic strength are determined to maximize to a torque using finite element method. The FE analysis is performed using a commercial code, ANSYS Workbench. The proposed brake device is manufactured, and its field-dependant torque is experimentally evaluated. When the electric current is supplied, the torque of the MR fluid brake is increased and the response is very fast. Depending on the strength of the current supply, torques of the MR fluid brake also increase similar to Bingham property of MR fluid.

Keywords

Magneto-rheological Fluid;magnetic field;Torque;yield stress;Rehabilitation;Leg;Bingham property

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