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Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2015, Article ID 905731, 15 pages
Research Article

Method for Modeling Electrorheological Dampers Using Its Dynamic Characteristics

ITESM Campus Monterrey, Avenue Eugenio Garza Sada 2501, Col. Tecnológico, 64849 Monterrey, NL, Mexico

Received 6 June 2014; Accepted 30 August 2014

Academic Editor: Xingsheng Gu

Copyright © 2015 Carlos A. Vivas-Lopez 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.


A method for modeling an Electrorheological (ER) damper is proposed. The modeling method comprehends two simple steps: characterization and model customization. These steps are based on the experimental data of the damper behavior. Experiments were designed to explore the nonlinear behavior of the damper at different frequencies and actuation signals (i.e., automotive domain). The resulting model has low computational complexity. The method was experimentally validated with a commercial damper. The error-to-signal Ratio (ESR) performance index was used to evaluate the model accuracy. The results were quantitatively compared with two well-known ER damper models: the Choi parametric model and the Eyring-plastic model. The new proposed model has a 44% better ESR index than the Choi parametric model and 28% for the Eyring-plastic model. A qualitative comparison based on density plots highlights the advantages of this proposal.