Rheologica Acta

, Volume 50, Issue 9–10, pp 825–836 | Cite as

Microstructure and magnetorheology of graphite-based MR elastomers

  • T. F. Tian
  • W. H. LiEmail author
  • G. Alici
  • H. Du
  • Y. M. Deng
Original Contribution


This study focuses on the magnetorheology of graphite-based magnetorheological elastomers (Gr MREs). By introducing graphite to conventional MREs, the Gr MREs with various graphite weight fractions are fabricated. Both steady-state and dynamic tests were conducted to study rheological properties of the samples. For dynamic tests, the effects of magnetic field, strain amplitude and frequency on both storage modulus and loss modulus were measured. The influence of graphite weight fraction on mechanical performances of these samples was summarized. Also, the microstructures of isotropic and anisotropic Gr MREs were observed. In anisotropic MREs, the graphite powders disperse in matrix randomly. The graphite particles lead to an increment of initial mechanical properties and a decrement of the MR effect.


Magnetorheological elastomers Microstructure Graphite Magnetorheology 



This project is supported by University of Wollongong through a UIC grant.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. F. Tian
    • 1
  • W. H. Li
    • 1
    Email author
  • G. Alici
    • 1
  • H. Du
    • 2
  • Y. M. Deng
    • 3
  1. 1.School of Mechanical, Materials and Mechatronic EngineeringUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  2. 2.School of Electrical, Computer and Telecommunications EngineeringUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia
  3. 3.Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and MechanicsNingbo UniversityZhejiang ProvincePeople’s Republic of China

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