Utilisation of optimisation solutions to control active suspension for decreased braking distance
2015 (English)In: Vehicle System Dynamics, ISSN 0042-3114, Vol. 53, no 2, 256-273 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This work deals with how to utilise active suspension on individual vehicle wheels in order to improve the vehicle performance during straight-line braking. Through numerical optimisation, solutions have been found as regards how active suspension should be controlled and coordinated with friction brakes to shorten the braking distance. The results show that, for the studied vehicle, the braking distance can be shortened by more than 1 m when braking from 100 km/h. The applicability of these results is studied by investigating the approach for different vehicle speeds and actuator stroke limitations. It is shown that substantial improvements in the braking distance can also be found for lower velocities, and that the actuator strokes are an important parameter. To investigate the potential of implementing these findings in a real vehicle, a validated detailed vehicle model equipped with active struts is analysed. Simplified control laws, appropriate for on-board implementation and based on knowledge of the optimised solution, are proposed and evaluated. The results show that substantial improvements of the braking ability, and thus safety, can be made using this simplified approach. Particle model simulations have been made to explain the underlying physical mechanisms and limitations of the approach. These results provide valuable guidance on how active suspension can be used to achieve significant improvements in vehicle performance with reasonable complexity and energy consumption.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 53, no 2, 256-273 p.
actuator, active suspension, optimisation, integrated chassis control, vehicle control
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-161624DOI: 10.1080/00423114.2014.992443ISI: 000349523400008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84923465697OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-161624DiVA: diva2:797681
QC 201503242015-03-242015-03-132015-03-24Bibliographically approved