Improved Electro-Rheological Fluids for Lubricant Viscosity Control
Improved Electro-Rheological Fluids for
Lubricant Viscosity Control
Cape Cod Research, Inc.
P.O. Box 600
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
The company will produce novel, structured copolymer material that promises to advance
the state of electro-rheological (ER) fluid technology. The new system will provide
the electro-vicous response of conventional ER fluids without their temperature sensitivity
and physical instability. The new ER fluids will give controllable lubricant properties
over a broad temperature range, will have outstanding mechanical stability, and will
be non-corrosive to metal parts. This fundamentally different approach to controlling
rheological properties will represent a significant step in the commercialization
of ER lubricants.
Potential Commercial Application:
Potential Commercial Applications: The proposed ER fluid technology could have wide
applications in the lubrication and hydraulic processes of future spacecraft, aircraft,
automobiles, heavy machinery and robotic systems. The commercial potential for effective
ER fluids is evidenced by the high level of industrial R&D currently underway.