Decentralized Control of Active Vehicle Suspensions With Preview

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Aleksander Hać

Department of Mechanical Engineering, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY 11794

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 117(4), 478-483 (Dec 01, 1995) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2801103 History: Received September 30, 1993; Online December 03, 2007


In this paper, decentralized control of active vehicle suspensions with preview of road irregularities is considered using a two-degree-of-freedom vehicle model. It is shown that by taking advantage of the separation between the eigenvalues of the slow subsystem representing the body mode, and the fast subsystem corresponding to the wheel mode, the design of the preview controller can be decoupled. Since decentralized preview controllers are synthesized independently for two single-degree-of-freedom systems, analytical solutions are obtained. The results of the analysis and simulations demonstrate that the performance of the system with the proposed controller is comparable to that of the optimal preview controller based on a fully interconnected system.

Copyright © 1995 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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