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Enhanced Electrorheological Performance of Mixed Silica Nanomaterial Geometry

Enhanced Electrorheological Performance of Mixed Silica Nanomaterial Geometry
Kisu Lee, Jungchul Noh, Jungwon Kim, Jyongsik Jang, Yoonsun Jang, Chang-Min Yoon
The mixed geometrical effect on the electrorheological (ER) activity of bimodal ER fluids was investigated by mixing SiO2 spheres and rods of different dimensions. To gain an in-depth understanding of the mixed geometrical effect, 12 bimodal ER fluids were prepared from 4 sizes of SiO2 spheres (50, 100, 150, and 350 nm) and 3 types of SiO2 rods with different aspect ratios (L/D = 2, 3, and 5). Five concentrations of SiO2 spheres and rods were created for each bimodal ER fluid, resulting in a total of 60 sets of comprehensive ER measurements. Some bimodal ER fluids exhibited enhanced ER performance, as high as 23.0%, compared to single SiO2 rod-based ER fluids to reveal the mixed geometrical effect of bimodal ER fluids. This interesting experimental result is based on the structural reinforcement provided by spheres to fibrillated rod materials, demonstrating the mixed geometrical effect on ER activity.

Publisher URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1021/acsami.7b08298

DOI: 10.1021/acsami.7b08298

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