Ferrogels are compliant composite materials formed of a soft polymer matrix with a filler of magnetic powder. The
interaction of the magnetic filler with an applied magnetic field causes the deformation of the ferrogel. Strains of up to
40% have been measured with load capabilities of up to four times the sample's weight. As these materials move toward
application it is important to capture the actuator behavior in mathematical models so that materials can be designed and
the behavior predicted. In this work experimental testing captures the strain and strain rate behavior of these materials at
fields up to 0.5 T. A lumped parameter model is then developed that is much less computationally intensive than
existing modeling approaches. The ability of this model to capture the behavior of interest will be assessed.