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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 608737, 17 pages
Research Article

Torsional Vibration Semiactive Control of Drivetrain Based on Magnetorheological Fluid Dual Mass Flywheel

State Key Laboratory of Automotive Simulation and Control, Jilin University, Changchun 130022, China

Received 14 September 2015; Revised 25 November 2015; Accepted 26 November 2015

Academic Editor: Erik Cuevas

Copyright © 2015 Qing-hua Zu et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The damping characteristics of the traditional dual mass flywheel (DMF) cannot be changed and can only meet one of the damping requirements. Given that the traditional DMF cannot avoid the resonance interval in start/stop conditions, it tends to generate high-resonance amplitude, which reduces the lifetime of a vehicle’s parts and leads to vehicle vibration and noise. The problems associated with the traditional DMF can be solved through the magnetorheological fluid dual mass flywheel (MRF-DMF), which was designed in this study with adjustable damping performance under different conditions. The MRF-DMF is designed based on the rheological behavior of the magnetorheological fluid (MRF), which can be changed by magnetic field strength. The damping torque of the MRF-DMF, which is generated by the MRF effect, is derived in detail. Thus, the cosimulation between the drivetrain model built in AMESim and the control system model developed in Simulink is conducted. The controller of MRF-DMF is developed, after which the torsional vibration control test of drivetrain is carried out. The cosimulation and test results indicate that MRF-DMF with the controller effectively isolates torque fluctuation of the engine in the driving condition and exhibits high performance in suppressing the resonance amplitude in the start/stop conditions.