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Actuators based on magnetorheological fluids represent an innovative technology to optimize brakes and clutches. Compared to conventional electromechanical systems, MRF actuators show improved and advanced characteristics featuring a smooth adjustable torque, a fast response time, a noiseless operation and a reduced design space. In the present paper, the authors propose an actuator design for a MRF based clutch combined with an integrated electric drive. The actuator design is a further development with enhanced performances considering the torque capacity. Both functionalities of this actuator can be controlled widely independent due to a suitable adjustment of the magnetic field. Therefore a model and a new control strategy are developed. The capability of this concept is proven by measurements of a new proof-of-concept prototype that provides an appropriated ratio between coupling and motor torque of 5:1. This highly integrated mechatronical actuator system allows the design of innovative applications whereby novel features are feasible.
Date of Conference: 3-7 July 2011