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Dynamic equi-biaxial fatigue behaviour of isotropic and anisotropic magnetorheological elas-tomers (MREs) based on a silicone rubber matrix was investigated using the bubble inflation method. Con-stant engineering stress amplitude was used as the control mode and samples were fatigued over different stress ranges between 0.75MPa and 1.4MPa. S-N (Wöhler) curves showing plots of stress amplitude (σa) ver-sus cycles to failure (N) are presented. Stress-strain behaviour throughout the fatigue process is described. Elastic modulus (E*) was studied for the specific cycles measured. It was found that anisotropic MREs exhi-bited greater fatigue resistance than isotropic MREs for a given magnetic particle content. Stress softening and hysteresis continued throughout the tests though they were most pronounced in the first dozen cycles at the lower stress amplitudes. A limiting value of E*, below which fatigue failure is likely to take place was ob-served in both isotropic and anisotropic MREs, although the initial modulus was higher in anisotropic MREs.
Zhou, Y., Jerrams, S., Betts, A. & Chen, L. (2013) The Effect of Microstructure on the Dynamic Equi-Biaxial Fatigue Behaviour of Magnetorheological Elastomers, 8th European Conference on Constitutive Models for Rubbers (ECCMR VIII), San Sebastian, Spain, 25 -28 June, 2013.