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A liquid that consists of a colloidal suspension of ferromagnetic particles and that becomes strongly polarized in the presence of a magnetic field. Ferrofluids do not retain the polarization once the magnetic field is removed.

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This paper presents a type of voice coil actuator (Morgan & Milligan, 1997); (***, 2005) which uses ferro fluid (Anton & Vekas, 2002) within the magnetic circuit.
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