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Applications of Controllable Smart Fluids to Mechanical Systems

Call for Papers

Recently, several commercial mechanical engineering products have been realized utilizing smart fluids such as magnetorheological fluid (MRF) and electrorheological fluid (ERF). For example, semiactive shock absorbers, utilizing MRF as the working fluid, have been successfully implemented on several passenger vehicles including Cadillac CTS-V and Ferrari FF. The well-known salient feature of smart fluids is the controllability of rheological characteristics by applying external input magnetic or electric field. This inherent controllability of the smart fluids has catalyzed broad-based research and development focusing on controllable hydromechanical systems, which include vehicle dampers, vibration control mounts, intelligent hydraulic systems, and various kinds of robots. To this end, this special issue aims to disseminate the latest mechanical systems incorporating smart fluid technology to the international community in mechanical engineering and its related fields.

In this special issue, we are interested in articles that explore potential application systems of smart fluids which deal with configuration design, dynamic modeling, and controller design and implementation along with rigorous simulation or/and experimental results. It is noted here that the investigations dealing solely with the fluid characterization or analysis of material characteristics will not be considered for the special issue. We cordially invite researchers to contribute to this special issue with original articles as well as review articles. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Automotive industry applications
  • Aerospace engineering systems
  • Vibration control applications for structures and systems
  • Robotics
  • Haptic and virtual reality applications
  • Controllable hydraulic and thermal systems
  • Position and force control applications
  • Intelligent mechatronic systems
  • Military and railway vehicle applications
  • Medical and rehabilitation devices and systems
  • Offshore and underwater systems

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/ame/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/submit/journals/ame/cons/ according to the following timetable:

Manuscript DueFriday, 25 April 2014
First Round of ReviewsFriday, 18 July 2014
Publication DateFriday, 12 September 2014

Lead Guest Editor

  • Seung-Bok Choi, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Inha University, Incheon, Republic of Korea

Guest Editors

  • Norman M. Wereley, Department of Aerospace Engineering, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, USA
  • Weihua Li, School of Mechanical, Materials, and Mechatronic Engineering, University of Wollongong, Wollongong, NSW, Australia
  • Miao Yu, Department of Optoelectronics, Chongqing University, Chongqing, China
  • Jeong-Hoi Koo, Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Miami University, Oxford, OH, USA