Magneto-rheological fluids (MRF) are commonly applied in MRF brakes and vibration damping. The apparent viscosity dependence with respect to the magnetic field has been addressed in detail in the state of the art. The aim of this paper is to experimentally study the vibration effects on the particle chain-like structures and, as a consequence, the shear stress variation applied to the fluid. Three vibration configurations have been applied to a ferromagnetic cylinder rotating between two magnetic poles filled with MRF a “Z-vibration” where the generated displacement is along the rotation axis of the shearing cylinder, a “θ-vibration”, tangential to the cylinder, and an “R-vibration”, normal to the cylinder surface. First we focus on the vibration mode characterisation in free air, and then when plunged in the fluid. In a second step, we measure the reactive torque generated on the clutch under different magnetic field intensities with different rotation speeds and vibration amplitudes. It appears that the “R-vibration” configuration is providing the most influence, up to 20% of torque reduction observed at moderate B field. The “Z-vibration” and the “θ-vibration” configurations respectively have less influence on the torque, nevertheless vibrations always tend to decrease the corresponding yield stress in the MRF.

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