Transient Characteristics of a Hydraulically Interconnected Suspension System 2007-01-0582
This paper describes vehicle dynamic models that capture the large amplitude transient characteristics of a passive Hydraulically Interconnected Suspension (HIS) system. Accurate mathematical models are developed to represent pressure-flow characteristics, fluid properties, damper valves, accumulators and nonlinear coupling between mechanical and fluid systems. The vehicle is modeled as a lumped mass system with half- and full-car configurations. The transient performance is demonstrated by numerical integration of the second-order nonlinear differential equations. The stiffness and damping characteristics corresponding to vehicle bounce, roll and pitch motions are extracted from the transient simulation. Simulation results clearly demonstrate the superiority of the HIS system during vehicle handling and stability by providing additional roll stiffness and reduced articulation stiffness.