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Identification of Inertial Parameters of an On-Road Vehicle 2007-01-2220

During normal use vehicles are loaded in multiple configurations that directly alter their inertial properties. A method of accurately identifying and tracking these changes would benefit the many vehicle subsystems that rely on the accuracy of these parameters. In this paper a novel method is presented to determine the inertial properties of a vehicle from the measured sprung mass vibration responses, without the need of sophisticated measuring devices or specialized test rigs. After a brief description of the theoretical basis of the method, experimental results are presented which show estimation of the inertial properties is possible. The results validate the accuracy and applicability of the method and illustrate that the vehicle inertial properties can be obtained even when certain system parameters, such as damping coefficients, are assumed unknown.


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