Research

Engineering Sciences

Title :

Development of Cost Effective Magneto-Rheological (MR) Fluid Damper in Two wheelers and Four Wheelers Automobile to Improve Ride Comfort and Stability

Area of research :

Material Sciences, Engineering Sciences

Focus area :

Transportation

Principal Investigator :

Hemantha Kumar, Associate Professor, Dept. of Mechanical Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka

Details

Executive Summary :

This project involves in the application of Magneto-Rheological (MR) damper for two and four wheelers automobile. Present project proposes to design and develop a market ready, cost effective MR fluid and MR damper for an automotive vehicle suspension system. Cost effectiveness of in-house prepared MR fluid and MR damper will be compared against commercially available MR fluid and MR damper respectively without compromising on performance. Rheological properties of in-house MR fluid compared with commercial MR fluid, subjected to varying magnetic field. Measures will be undertaken to overcome sedimentation problems. Dynamic behaviour of in-house MR damper and commercial MR damper will be investigated and benchmarked. Performance of developed MR damper for vehicular application is investigated in laboratory subjected to standard road excitations. Mathematical modelling and field tests are conducted on the vehicle having in-house MR damper, commercial MR damper and passive damper under Indian road condition by adopting suitable control strategy.

Co-PI:

Sujatha C., Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai, Gangadharan K. V., National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka, Sharnappa Joladarashi, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka, Sandesh S., Ashok Leyland ltd., Sheron Figarado, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka, Mohammad Rizwanur Rahman, Assistant Professor, Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka, Raja Sekaran.S.C., Rambal Ltd, Tamilnadu

Total Budget (INR):

3,55,00,000

Organizations involved

Implementing Agency :

National Institute of Technology (NIT), Karnataka
Rambal Ltd, Tamilnadu
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Chennai
Ashok Leyland ltd., Chennai

Funding Agency :

Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH), Govt. of India