Progress in Electrorheology

Science and Technology of Electrorheological Materials

  • Kathleen O’Leary Havelka
  • Frank E. Filisko

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. The Evolution of ER from Discovery to Application

  3. Overview of ER Technology

    1. Frank E. Filisko
      Pages 3-18
  4. General Considerations

    1. Harry Block, Paul Rattray
      Pages 19-42
    2. Kathleen O’Leary Havelka
      Pages 43-54
    3. Douglas A. Brooks
      Pages 87-106
    4. L. C. Davis, J. M. Ginder
      Pages 107-114
  5. Materials

    1. Y. D. Kim, D. J. Klingenberg
      Pages 115-130
    2. Keith M. Blackwood, George Tsangaris, Dmitri N. Vorobiev, Harry Block, Jacqueline Akhavan
      Pages 131-135
    3. Yuichi Ishino, Takayuki Maruyama, Toshiyuki Ohsaki, Shigeki Endo, Tasuku Saito, Norio Goshima
      Pages 137-146
    4. Yoshinobu Asako, Satoru Ono, Ryuji Aizawa, Toshihiro Kawakami
      Pages 147-156
    5. Rita Baranwal, Alexandra Zika, Brian L. Mueller, Richard M. Laine
      Pages 157-169
    6. Robert Bloodworth, Eckhard Wendt
      Pages 185-193
  6. Mechanisms

  7. Mechanics

  8. Models

  9. Back Matter
    Pages 369-372

About this book


This treatise is a compendium of refereed papers based on invited talks presented at the American Chemical Society Symposium on Electrorheological (ER) Materials and Fluids. ER fluids were first investigated 50+ years ago. These fluids, which change rheology when placed in an electric field, were recognized, from the beginning, for allowing an extremely efficient interface between electrical control and mechanical devices. Critical problems, however, existed with the initial fluids, which prevented them from serious consideration for large-scale applications. While over time some of the critical problems have been solved and activity in ER technology has increased, commercial success has remained elusive. A recent Department of Energy report concluded that a primary reason for the failure to commercialize this promising technology is due to a lack in understanding the physics and chemistry of how the materials work. The goal of the symposium was to address the issue of understanding how ER materials work and how they can be used. One of the outcomes of the symposium, which we hope is conveyed in this book, is a feeling that if the mechanism of ER is to be fully understood and improved, expertise from diverse fields must be applied to the problem.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Kathleen O’Leary Havelka
    • 1
  • Frank E. Filisko
    • 2
  1. 1.The Lubrizol CorporationWickliffeUSA
  2. 2.The University of MichiganAnn ArborUSA

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