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Science and Technology of Nuclear Installations
Volume 2012, Article ID 856082, 6 pages
Research Article

Cylindrical Magnetorheological Fluid Variable Transmission Controlled by Shape-Memory Alloy

College of Resources and Environmental, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400044, China

Received 15 June 2012; Accepted 2 September 2012

Academic Editor: Yan Yang

Copyright © 2012 Song Chen 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.


Centrifugal fan is an important component of a ventilation system in a nuclear power plant. In this paper, we proposed a magnetorheological speed-adjustment system controlled by shape-memory alloy for centrifugal fan. A theoretical analysis of the effect of the applied magnetic field on the viscoplastic flow between two cylinders in the speed-adjustment system is presented. The expressions for the velocity in viscoplastic flow and the torque transmitted by MR fluids are derived. A sliding mode SMA switch is proposed to modify the magnetic field acting on working gap under thermal effect. The results indicate that with the increases of applied magnetic field, the torque transmitted by MR fluid goes up rapidly.