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Sedimentation stability and rheological properties of ionic liquid-based bidisperse magnetorheological fluids

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2256-2265
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number16
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


The sedimentation stability and rheological properties of ionic liquid-based magnetorheological fluids comprising a mixture of micron- and nano-sized particles were experimentally studied. Three different fluids with the same total particle concentration of 15 vol% were prepared for testing: one containing only microparticles and two others in which 5 or 10 wt% of the microparticles were replaced by nanoparticles. The nanoparticles were surface stabilized against oxidation. For comparison purposes, silicon oil-based magnetorheological fluids with similar solid fractions were also prepared and tested. The results indicate that, with ionic liquid as a carrier fluid, the addition of nanoparticles at 10 wt% reduces the sedimentation rate almost by an order of magnitude from that without nanoparticles, while the reduction in the dynamic yield stress is only marginal. The ionic liquid-based fluids also had a better dispersion of particles.

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Field of science, Statistics Finland