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Control Synthesis for Distributed Vehicle Platoon Under Different Topological Communication Structures

The wireless inter-vehicle communication provide a manner to achieve multi-vehicle cooperative driving, and the platoon of automotive vehicle can significantly improve traffic efficiency and ensure traffic safety. Previous researches mostly focus on the state of the proceeding vehicle, and transmit information from self to the succeeding vehicle. Nevertheless, this structure possesses high requirements for controller design and shows poor effect in system stability. In this paper, the state of vehicles is not only related to the information of neighbor vehicles, while V2V communication transmit information over a wide range of area. To begin with, the node dynamic model of vehicle is described by linear integrator with inertia delay and the space control strategy is proposed with different topological communication structures as BF, LBF, PBF, etc.
Technical Paper

An Optimization of Suspension Linkages for Wheel-Legged Vehicle

The guiding mechanism of vehicle suspension can keep the wheels moving along planned trajectory. The geometrical design of the reasonable suspension guide mechanism can reduce the vibration transmitted to the body, improve trafficability and handling stability. The vehicle suspension design method was applied to the wheel-legged vehicle, enhancing ride performance. The optimization of suspension hard points can be obtained by using single variable method, adjusting each hard point coordinate independently. It is also widely recommended by using intelligent algorithm to solve well-designed multi-objective parameter optimization function. In this study, the multi-objective parameter optimization function was solved by using the NSGA-II (Non-dominated Sorted Genetic Algorithm-II). Computer simulations with half-car model were used to support the analysis in this study. ADAMS multibody dynamics software was also used to verify the reliability of the results.
Technical Paper

Optimal Anti-vibration Design of Vehicle-mounted Vibration Isolation Platform

A vehicle-mounted anti-vibration system is designed to semi-actively reduce accelerations acting on vibration isolation platform under different road conditions. To provide the basis for optimal anti-vibration design, the kinematics and dynamics of the platform are analyzed to investigate the relationship between leg length, strength, the platform position and vibration properties. As the platform is fixed on vehicle, a combined vehicle-platform model is necessary for verifying the performance and applying some suitable control algorithms. Also, typical digital testing roads will be built using road load spectrum. To optimize the platform parameters, especially stiffness and damping, an active control system is designed at first. An anti-vibration system including a semi-active inerter is designed to match the control forces which are calculated from the above active system.
Journal Article

Efficient Supercapacitors Based on Co9S8/Graphene Composites for Electric Vehicles

Nowadays, SC is recognized as a key element of hybrid energy storage system in modern energy supply chain for electric vehicles (EVs). Co9S8 as a promising electrode material attracts much attention for supercapacitor owing to its superior electrochemical capacity. However, its poor stability and electronic conductivity, which result in inferior cycling performance and rate capability, have seriously limited the practical application of Co9O8 in supercapacitors. In this article, Co9S8 nanoparticles were embedded in reduced graphene oxide (rGO) via a simple anneal approach as high efficient and stable electrodes for SCs. The Co9S8/rGO composites were characterized by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and X-ray diffraction (XRD). The Co9S8 nanoparticles were inserted tightly between the rGO layers due to strong intermolecular forces, preventing the cluster in reduction process of rGO from graphene oxide (GO).
Technical Paper

Integrated Effects of Active Suspension and Rear-Wheel Steering Control Systems on Vehicle Lateral Stability

This research focuses on an integration of two optimal tracking controllers, the active suspension controller and the rear-wheel steering controller, with the objective of improving vehicle performances in terms of maneuverability and safety by enhancing road holding capability and lateral stability. The active suspension controller adjusts the vehicle roll angle and utilizes the vertical force at each active suspension to boost road holding capability. On the other hand, the rear-wheel steering controller adjusts rear steering angles to use lateral force at each ground-tire contact point and amplify the vehicle’s ability to follow the desired yaw rate and sideslip angle during cornering maneuvers. Though the active attitude motion and mass shifting of car body may seem to hold relationship with lateral stability, its ability to evenly distribute vertical tire forces benefits the rear-wheel steering controller by enhancing the road holding capability.