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2013-04-08

Control Strategy for the Excitation of a Complete Vehicle Test Rig with Terrain Constraints 2013-01-0671

A unique concept for a multi-body test rig enabling the simulation of longitudinal, steering and vertical dynamics was developed at the Institute for Mechatronic Systems (IMS) at TU Darmstadt. A prototype of this IMS test rig is currently being built. In conjunction with the IMS test rig, the Vehicle Terrain Performance Laboratory (VTPL) at Virginia Tech further developed a full car, seven degree of freedom (7 DOF) simulation model capable of accurately reproducing measured displacement, pitch, and roll of the vehicle body due to terrain excitation. The results of the 7 DOF car model were used as the reference input to the multi-body IMS test rig model. The goal of the IMS/VTPL joint effort was to determine whether or not a controller for the IMS test rig vertical actuator could accurately reproduce wheel displacements due to different measured terrain constraints. This paper presents the prototype test rig, high-fidelity terrain measurement process, seven degree of freedom car model, and the vertical actuator control strategy. The results indicate that the vertical hydraulic actuator control meets the requirements needed to accurately reproduce excitations due to terrain constraints.

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