Development of an Electric-based Power Steering System 2015-01-1567
In this research, a three degree-of-freedom (DOF) rack-type electric-based power steering (EPS) model is developed. The model is coupled with a three DOF vehicle model and includes EPS maps as well as non-linear attributes such as vibration and friction characteristics of the steering system. The model is simulated using Matlab's Simulink. The vibration levels are quantified using on-vehicle straight-line test data where strain-gauge transducers are placed in the tie-rod ends. Full vehicle kinematic and compliance tests are used to verify the total steering system stiffness levels. Frequency response tests are used to adjust tire cornering stiffness levels as well as the tire dynamic characteristics such that vehicle static gain and yaw natural frequency are achieved. On-center discrete sinusoidal on-vehicle tests are used to further validate the model. The validation of the model demonstrates that the interaction of the chassis and steering system can be considered during the early stages of vehicle development.