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Title: An investigation of multibody system modelling and control analysis techniques for the development of advanced suspension systems in passenger cars
Author: Cherry, Ann Susan
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 1992
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The subject of this thesis is the investigation of multibody system modelling and control analysis techniques for the development of advanced suspension systems in passenger cars. A review of the application of automatic control to all areas of automotive vehicles illustrated the important factors in such developments, including motivating influences, constraints and methodologies used. A further review of specific applications for advanced suspension systems highlighted a major discrepancy between the significant claims of theoretical performance benefits and the scarcity of successful practical implementations. This discrepancy was the result of idealistic analytical studies producing unrealistic solutions with little regard for practical constraints. The predominant application of prototype testing methods in implementation studies also resulted in reduced potential performance improvements. This work addressed this gap by the application of realistic modelling and control design techniques to practical realistic suspension systems. Multibody system modelling techniques were used to develop vehicle models incorporating realistic representations of the suspension system itself, with the ability to include models of the controllers, and facilitate control analysis tasks. These models were first used to address ride control for fully active suspension systems. Both state space techniques, including linear quadratic regulator and pole placement and frequency domain design methods were applied. For the multivariable frequency domain study, dyadic expansion techniques were used to decouple the system into single input single output systems representing each of the sprung mass modes. Both discretely and continuously variable damping systems were then addressed with a range of control strategies, including analytical solutions based on the active results and heuristic rule-based approaches. The controllers based on active solutions were reduced to satisfy realistic practical limitations of the achievable damping force. The heuristic techniques included standard rule-based controllers using Boolean logic for the discretely variable case, and fuzzy logic controllers for the continuously variable case.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Rover Group (Firm)
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics