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Shock and Vibration
Volume 2014, Article ID 405421, 10 pages
Research Article

Semiactive Vibration Control Using a Magnetorheological Damper and a Magnetorheological Elastomer Based on the Bouc-Wen Model

Institute of Launch Dynamics, Nanjing University of Science and Technology, Nanjing 210094, China

Received 10 April 2014; Revised 21 May 2014; Accepted 24 May 2014; Published 15 June 2014

Academic Editor: Ahmet S. Yigit

Copyright © 2014 Wei Zhu and Xiao-ting Rui. 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 vibration control system is put forward using a magnetorheological damper (MRD) and a magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) connected in series. In order to model the hysteresis of the MRD, a Bouc-Wen model and a corresponding parameter identification method are developed for the MRD. The experimental results validate the proposed Bouc-Wen model that can predict the hysteretic behavior of the MRD accurately. The role of the MRE is illustrated by an example of a single degree-of-freedom system. A semiactive vibration control strategy of the proposed vibration control system is proposed. To validate this new approach, experiments are conducted and the results highlight significantly improved vibration reduction effect of the proposed vibration control system than the vibration control system only using the MRD.