Simulation and experimental testing of adaptive suspension damping control depending on the frequency of a sinusoidal kinematic input
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Poznan University of Technology
Publication date: 2014-08-25
The Archives of Automotive Engineering – Archiwum Motoryzacji 2014;64(2):65-78
A concept of adaptive suspension damping control, depending on the frequency of a sinusoidal kinematic input, has been described. This control is based on the relation between the gain function of the suspension system frequency response and the damping rate and input frequency. Due to this relation, the gain function attains its minimum values for either the strongest or the weakest damping, depending on specific input frequency bands. Appropriate changes in the damping level make it possible to obtain a curve representing the minimum gain function values that would be a combination of segments of frequency response gain curves determined for the lowest and highest damping levels available. An idea of this concept, an algorithm of its practical implementation, and results of testing an application of this concept to a mathematical quarter-car suspension model and of using this application to control changes in the damping level of a physical quarter-car suspension model coupled with an electrohydraulic vibrator have been presented. A technical implementation of this control concept revealed considerable importance of the sub-algorithm used to identify the input frequency; a unique solution for the construction of this sub-algorithm has been proposed. The results obtained from the tests carried out have confirmed the control concept adopted to be reasonable. The research works carried out have revealed detailed problem areas related to choosing in practice the control criterion that would influence the selection of the damping switching points.
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