Study of Hard-and Soft- Magnetorheological Elastomers (MRE’s) Actuation CapabilitiesJ. Roche, P. Von Lockette, and S. Lofland
Mechanical Engineering Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
Physics and Astronomy Dept., Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ
In this study, magneto-rheological elastomer (MRE) composite beams made of Barium hexaferrite (BaM) and Iron (Fe) powders combined with a highly-compliant matrix material were simulated using COMSOL\'s Solid Mechanics and AC/DC modules. The goal of the work was to develop models capable of predicting the actuation behavior of hard- and soft-magnetic MREs.
This work simulates the bending of the beams due to combined magnetostatic and elastic forces. The primary problem COMSOL addresses is the 2-way coupling between elastic deformation and the magnetic field interactions.