The aim of this independent study is to find a way to maximize the change in Elastic Modulus (stiffness) induced by applying magnetic fields to magnetorheological elastomer (MRE) devices made by combining Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) elastomers with metal particles. In order to achieve this, I tried changing conditions that I expected to impact the elastic modulus change induced by applying magnets to MREs, including MRE thickness, composition (wt% of carbonyl iron particles) and basal PDMS composition.

Document Type

Final Report

Author's School

McKelvey School of Engineering

Author's Department

Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science

Class Name

Mechanical Engineering and Material Sciences Independent Study

Date of Submission