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Vibration Control of an Active Seat Suspension System Integrated Pregnant Woman Body Model

2019-04-02
2019-01-0172
Proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller is effective, popular and cost effective for a lot of scientific and engineering applications. In this paper, PID and fuzzy-self-tuning PID (FSTPID) controllers are applied to improve the performance of an active seat suspension system to enhance the pregnant woman comfort. The equations of motion of thirteen-degrees-of-freedom (13-DOF) active seat suspension system incorporating pregnant woman body model are derived and simulated. PID gains are tuned and estimated using genetic algorithm (GA) to formulate GA PID controller. In FSTPID, fuzzy logic technique is used to tune PID controller gains by selecting appropriate fuzzy rules using Matlab/Simulink software. Both controlled active seat suspension systems are compared with a passive seat suspension. Suspension performance is evaluated under bump and random road excitations in order to verify the success of the proposed controllers.
Technical Paper

Automatic Recognition of Truck Chassis Welding Defects Using Texture Features and Artificial Neural Networks

2019-04-02
2019-01-1119
Welding is an excellent attachment or repair method. The advanced industries such as oil, automotive industries, and other important industries need to rely on reliable welding operations; collapse because of this welding may lead to an excessive cost in money and risk in human life. In the present research, an automatic system has been described to detect, recognize and classify welding defects in radiographic images. Such system uses a texture feature and neural network techniques. Image processing techniques were implemented to help in the image array of weld images and the detection of weld defects. Therefore, a proposed program was build in-house to automatically classify and recognize eleven types of welding defects met in practice.
Technical Paper

Application of a Preview Control with an MR Damper Model Using Genetic Algorithm in Semi-Active Automobile Suspension

2019-02-05
2019-01-5006
A non-linear mathematical model of a semi-active (2DOF) vehicle suspension using a magnetorheological (MR) damper with information concerning the road profile ahead of the vehicle is proposed in this paper. The semi-active vibration control system using an MR damper consists of two nested controllers: a system controller and a damper controller. The fuzzy logic technique is used to design the system controller based on both the dynamic responses of the suspension and the Padé approximation algorithm method of a preview control to evaluate the desired damping force. In addition, look-ahead preview of the excitations resulting from road irregularities is used to quickly mitigate the effect of the control system time delay on the damper response.
Technical Paper

Vibration Control of Active Vehicle Suspension System Using Optimized Fuzzy-PID

2018-04-03
2018-01-1402
In this paper, a fuzzy-PID controller is applied in a half vehicle active suspension system to enhance vibration levels of vehicle chassis and passenger seat. The fuzzy-PID controller consists of fuzzy and PID connecting in a series manner, the fuzzy output is considered as the PID input. Genetic Algorithm (GA) is selected to tune controller parameters to obtain optimal values that minimize the objective function. The equations of motion of five-degrees-of-freedom active half-vehicle suspension system are derived and simulated using Matlab/Simulink software. Double bumps and random road excitations are used to study the performance of suspension systems including bounce and pitch motion. The performance of the active suspension system using optimized fuzzy-PID controller is compared with conventional passive to show the efficiency of the proposed active suspension system.
Journal Article

Value of Optimal Wavelet Function in Gear Fault Diagnosis

2017-06-05
2017-01-1771
Gear fault diagnosis is important in the vibration monitoring of any rotating machine. When a localized fault occurs in gears, the vibration signals always display non-stationary behavior. In early stage of gear failure, the gear mesh frequency (GMF) contains very little energy and is often overwhelmed by noise and higher-level macro-structural vibrations. An effective signal processing method would be necessary to remove such corrupting noise and interference. This paper presents the value of optimal wavelet function for early detection of faulty gear. The Envelope Detection (ED) and the Energy Operator are used for gear fault diagnosis as common techniques with and without the proposed optimal wavelet to verify the effectiveness of the optimal wavelet function. Kurtosis values are determined for the previous techniques as an indicator parameter for the ability of early gear fault detection. The comparative study is applied to real vibration signals.
Journal Article

Analysis of Vehicle Lateral Dynamics due to Variable Wind Gusts

2014-09-30
2014-01-2449
This study presents a practical theoretical method to judge the aerodynamic response of buses in the early design stage based on both aerodynamic and design parameters. A constant longitudinal velocity 2-DOF vehicle lateral dynamics model is used to investigate the lateral response of a bus under nine different wind gusts excitations. An appropriate 3-D CFD simulation model of the bus shape results is integrated with carefully chosen design parameters data of a real bus chassis and body to obtain vehicle lateral dynamic response to the prescribed excitations. Vehicle model validity is carried out then, the 2-DOF vehicle lateral dynamics model has been executed in MATLAB Simulink environment with the selected data. Simulation represents the vehicle in a straight ahead path then entered a gusting wind section of the track with a fixed steering wheel. Vehicle response includes lateral deviation (LD), lateral acceleration (LA), yaw angle (YA) and yaw rate (YR).
Technical Paper

On The Integration of Actively Controlled Longitudinal/Lateral Dynamics Chassis Systems

2014-04-01
2014-01-0864
Integral Control strategy for vehicle chassis systems had been of great interest for vehicle designers in the last decade. This paper represents the interaction of longitudinal control and lateral control. In other words the traction control system and handling control system. Definitely, tire properties are playing a vital role in such interaction as it is responsible for the generated forces in both directions. A seven degrees of freedom half vehicle model is derived and used to investigate this interaction. The vehicle body is represented as a rigid body with three degrees of freedom, lateral and longitudinal, and yaw motions. The other four degrees are the two rotation motion of the front wheel and the rear wheel. This two motions for each wheel are spin motion and the steering motion. The traction controller is designed to modulate engine torque through adjusting the throttle angle of the engine upon utilized adhesion condition at the driving road wheels.
Technical Paper

Modeling of Vehicle Drum Brake for Contact Analysis Using Ansys

2012-09-17
2012-01-1810
A non-contact analysis of a drum brake based on three-dimensional Finite Element analysis using Ansys is presented. The effect of drum-lining interface stiffness and line pressure on the interface contact is examined. The modal analysis of the vehicle drum brake is also studied to get the natural frequency and instability of the drum. It is shown that the unsymmetric modal analysis is efficient enough to solve this linear problem after transforming the non-linear behaviour of the contact between the drum and the lining to a linear behavior. A linear element which is used in the modal analysis is transferred to non-linear elements which are Targe170 and Conta173 that represent the drum and lining to study the contact analysis. The contact analysis problems are highly non-linear and require significant computer resources to solve it, however, the contact problem give two significant difficulties.
Technical Paper

A New Empirical Formula for Calculating Vehicles' Frontal Area

2011-04-12
2011-01-0763
The main objective of this research is to find a general empirical formula to predict vehicle frontal area applied to most types of vehicles. This was done on 21 vehicles; passenger cars, buses and trucks by calculating their frontal area by using image processing technique on cars photos extracted from catalogues. The software (Data Fit) is used to establish the required empirical formula. The results showed that the empirical formula is simple and accurate enough for finding out the vehicles frontal areas.
Technical Paper

Vehicle Alternator Electromagnetic Noise Characteristics Determination

2009-05-19
2009-01-2188
In the design of recreational vehicle alternators, a particular challenge arises from marketing and engineering teams' desire to ensure that their products meet “best in class” sound quality characteristics. Furthermore, it is desirable to know these characteristics in measurable engineering terms in the product design stage, preferably before prototypes are built and tested. However, the aim of this paper is to investigate experimentally the electromagnetic sound quality characteristics of a vehicle alternator with the view of determination. For this reason, a special test rig was designed to simulate the alternator electromagnetic noise source. The results indicate that significant information can be obtained for this source. This can be an effective way to control this generated noise and consequently improve the vehicle alternator sound quality and look promising.
Technical Paper

Performance of Active Suspension with Fuzzy Control

2009-05-13
2009-01-1614
Vehicle suspension along with tires and steering linkages is designed for safe vehicle control and to be free of irritating vibrations. Therefore the suspension system designs are a compromise between ride softness and handing ability. However, this work is concerned with a theoretical investigation into the ride behavior of actively suspended vehicles. It is based on using fuzzy logic control (FLC) to implement a new sort of active suspension system. Comparisons between the behavior of active suspension system with FLC with those obtained from active systems with linear control theory (LQR), ideal skyhook system and the conventional passive suspension systems. Results are introduced in such a way to predict the benefits that could be achieved from fuzzy logic system over other competing systems. Furthermore, a controller is designed and made by using results of FLC system, theoretical inputs are used to examine the validity of this controller.
Technical Paper

Interaction of Vehicle Ride Vibration Control with Lateral Stability Using Active Rear Wheel Steering

2009-04-20
2009-01-1042
In this work the effects of vehicle vertical vibrations on the tires/road cornering forces, and then consequently on vehicle lateral dynamics are studied. This is achieved through a ride model and a handling model linked together by a non-linear tire model. The ride model is a half vehicle with four degrees of freedom (bounce and pitch motions for vehicle body and two bounce motions for the two axles). The front and rear suspension are a hydro-pneumatic slow-active systems with 6 Hz cut-off frequency designed based on linear optimal control theory. Vehicle lateral dynamics is modeled as two degrees (yaw and lateral motions) incorporating a driver model. An optimal rear wheel steering control in addition to the front steering is considered in the vehicle model to represent a Four Wheel Steering (4WS) system. The tire non-linearity is represented by the Magic Formula tire model.
Technical Paper

Integrated Control, Regulated DC Supply with High Power Quality for Automotive Applications

2008-10-07
2008-01-2710
The DC power supply is ingredient part in the automotive industries as it has been used as a DC power supplies for a wide range of loads. Meanwhile, it is mandatory for battery charging. These types however, causes many problems such as poor power factor, high input current harmonics distortion and uncontrolled DC voltage. In this paper, an improved input power factor correction that uses a combined control system consists of two nested loops with a feedback of the DC voltage and input current as long as a feed forward from the output power. The system has been analyzed, modeled, simulated and experimentally verified. The novel feature of the proposed control scheme resides in fact that it is not only achieve nearly unity power factor with minimum input current total harmonics distortion only but it also introduce superior performance in DC voltage transient conditions.
Technical Paper

Prediction of Bearing Capacity of the Soil using Artificial Neural Networks

2007-08-05
2007-01-3731
The bearing capacity of soils stands as one of the most important parameters that determine the vehicles’ off-road mobility. Soil bearing capacity can be determined either experimentally or by calculation using analytical and or empirical formulas. One of the most famous formulas is the Bekker's. Recently, Artificial Neural Networks (ANNs) technique became a powerful tool that can be used for predicting systems’ behavior and performance. The main objective of this paper is to predict the bearing capacity of the soil (plate-sinkage relationships) by using Artificial Neural Networks and to compare the actual results of soil bearing capacity (collected data from Ph.D. Thesis) with results obtained from neural network model and Bekker's formula. The comparison showed clear superiority and accuracy of neural network technique. Another objective is to check the generalization ability of the neural network model in predicting the plate-sinkage relationships by using the hypothetical plate.
Technical Paper

Hybrid Shape Optimization and Failure Analysis of Laminated Fibrous Composite E-Springs for Vehicle Suspension

2006-10-31
2006-01-3586
A hybrid search optimization is presented in order to optimize hybrid laminated fibrous composite E-springs for vehicle suspension systems. This optimization is conducted with both of the geometrical configuration and laminate structure of the E-spring. A genetic algorithm along with a hill-climbing random-walk approach are used through a developed NURBS-based technique in order to conduct this optimization. A mathematical-modeling-based mid-ware technology is introduced in order to fully automate the optimization process through linking the run engines of mathematical modeling and finite element analysis from within the mathematical modeling engine. A hybrid approach of the inter-laminar shear stress and Tsai-Wu criteria is first implemented in order to identify failure indices of the resulting optimum shape and laminate structure.
Technical Paper

Experimental Investigation and Hybrid Failure Analysis of Micro-Composite E-Springs for Vehicle Suspension Systems

2006-10-31
2006-01-3515
E-spring is a recent innovation in vehicle suspension springs. Its behavior and characteristics are investigated experimentally and verified numerically. The mechanical and frequency-response-based properties of E-springs are investigated experimentally at both of the structural and constitutional levels. Thermoplastic-based and thermoset-based fibrous composite structures of the E-springs are modified at micro-scale with various additives and consequently they are compared. The experimental results reveal that additives of micrometer-sized particles of mineral clay to an ISO-phthalic polyester resin of the composite E-spring can demonstrate distinguished characteristics. A hybrid approach of the inter-laminar shear stress and Tsai-Wu criteria is implemented in order to identify failure indices numerically at the utmost level of loading and verify the experimental results.
Technical Paper

On the Analysis of Drum Brake Squeal Using Finite Element Methods Technique

2006-10-31
2006-01-3467
Many basic studies were conducted to discover the main reason for squeal occurrence in both disc and drum brake systems. As, it is well-known that the squealed brake system is more effective than the non-squealed brake system and it is also a common discomfort. So, cancellation of the squeal is not preferable, however, elimination of the brake squeal is a favorable. An approach to study the drum brake squeal is presented based mainly on the Finite Element Method (FEM) representation. The brake system model is based also on the model information extracted from finite element models for individual brake components. This finite element method (FEM) was used to predict the mode shape and natural frequency of the brake system after appropriate verification of FEM.
Technical Paper

New Suspension Design for Heavy Duty Trucks: Design Considerations

2003-11-10
2003-01-3428
The present paper presents design considerations for a new tandem suspension system equipped with hydro-pneumatic components. The theory of the new suspension and its configuration were presented in a previously published SAE paper, [1]. In this design, most of the vertical motions were transformed into horizontal motions through two bell cranks. A hydraulic actuator is installed horizontally between the bell cranks and connected to an accumulator (gas spring) via a flow constriction (damper). Incorporating of hydro-pneumatic components in the new suspension system exhibits simple and applicable design. Moreover, further developments including active or semi-active vibration control systems, can be applied directly using the existing hydro-pneumatic components. Mathematical models are constructed to simulate the vehicle ride dynamics. Equations of motion are generated considering a conventional passive suspension (four springs tandem suspension) and the new designed suspension system.
Technical Paper

A Novel Hybrid Roll Control Strategy for Partially Loaded Tanker Trucks

2003-11-10
2003-01-3386
In this paper, a hybrid roll control system, including passive and active roll control units, is designed to improve the roll dynamics of tanker vehicles and to reduce the lateral shifts of the liquid cargo due to lateral accelerations. The passive control system consists of radial partitions installed inside the vehicle container. These partitions rotate in phase with the liquid cargo as one unit about the longitudinal axis of the container in response to the induced momentum forces due to the lateral acceleration excitation. Torsion dampers are fixed between the partitions and the container's front and rear walls to reduce the oscillating motion of the liquid cargo. While the passive partition dampers control the dynamics of the liquid cargo inside the container, the dampers of the vehicle suspension are switchable, generating anti-roll damping moments based on the lateral acceleration level and the container filling ratio.
Technical Paper

Adaptive Control Strategy of a Kalman Filter Active Vehicle Suspension

2003-05-05
2003-01-1413
In this paper, the Kalman filter algorithm is used to design a practical adaptive control strategy. The adaptation is intended to adjust the system operation according to the changes of road input. A moderate adaptive time of at least 3 seconds is used. Limit stops are added to prevent the increase in the wheel travel behind the specified limit. The active suspension feedback system is designed based on measuring only the suspension displacement. A gain scheduling adaptive scheme which consists of four sets of state feedback gains is designed. The estimation process of dynamic tyre deflection and other necessary state variables through the Kalman filter is illustrated. Among other things, this estimate is used to derive the gain scheduling adaptive scheme. The strategy is applied to a quarter car active suspension system. Results are generated at a constant speed on random road profiles.
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