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Robotics and Automation Lab Hysteresis elimination in MR-brakes

Hysteresis elimination in MR-brakes

HysteresisMR-brakes have very desirable characteristics but they also have hysteresis behavior. The hysteresis creates control challenges and significant residual off-state torque which prevents use of high gear ratios with MR-brakes.

We developed a novel control scheme with an embedded sensor.





Funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.



United States Patent: Magnetorheological Devices and Associated Control Methods, U.S. Patent 9,093,214 B2, July 28, 2015



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