Browse Publications Technical Papers 2008-01-0591
2008-04-14

The Influence of Direct Yaw Control AWD Systems on Vehicle Stability and Response in All Driving Conditions 2008-01-0591

Driveline torque distribution has long been a research topic, and in the last several decades research has been directed towards enhancing on-road vehicle stability and agility through application of controllable driveline systems. This paper discusses the impact of Direct Yaw Control AWD systems (DYC AWD Systems) on the combined acceleration and turning performance as it pertains to maneuverability and stability on all road surfaces. To achieve higher levels of both safety and performance, the application of a controllable DYC AWD system capable of applying direct yaw moment to the vehicle chassis serves as a key goal to achieve the optimal result. A classification of existing driveline systems is discussed and compared to these optimal requirements. Representative on-vehicle scenarios are discussed to illustrate the impact of AWD control on the vehicle stability and maneuverability and to highlight the effects to the vehicle operator. Finally, the integration of the AWD feed-forward control with feedback control demands from a yaw stability control algorithm are discussed.

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