Browse Publications Technical Papers 2000-01-0102
2000-03-06

Electromechanical Active Suspension Demonstration for Off-Road Vehicles 2000-01-0102

1 The University of Texas Center for Electromechanics (UT-CEM) has been developing active suspension technology for off-road and on-road vehicles since 1993. The UT-CEM approach employs fully controlled electromechanical (EM) actuators to control vehicle dynamics and passive springs to efficiently support vehicle static weight. The program has completed three phases (full scale proof-of-principle demonstration on a quarter-car test rig; algorithm development on a four-corner test rig; and advanced EM linear actuator development) and is engaged in a full vehicle demonstration phase. Two full vehicle demonstrations are in progress: an off-road demonstration on a high mobility multiwheeled vehicle (HMMWV) and an on-road demonstration on a transit bus. HMMWV test results are indicating significant reductions in vehicle sprung mass accelerations with simultaneous increases in cross-country speed when compared to conventional passive suspension systems.Additionally, original projections of low power requirements for suspension actuators are being confirmed. The 3,400 kg (3.75 ton) vehicle being tested utilizes a 5 kW alternator to provide suspension power. Power conditioning circuits limit the continuous deliverable power to 4 kW, which corresponds to 1.2 kW/metric ton (1.4 hp/ton).

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