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Performance Analysis of the Rule-Optimized Fuzzy-Logic Controller for Semi-Active Suspension

2016-04-05
2016-01-0444
This paper presents a performance analysis study for the Rule-Optimized controller of a semi-active suspension system. The Rule-Optimized controller is based on a Fuzzy Logic control scheme which offers new opportunities in the improvement of vehicle ride performance. An eleven degree of freedom full vehicle ride dynamics model is developed and validated through laboratory tests performed on a hydraulic four-poster shaker. An optimization process is applied to obtain the optimum Fuzzy Logic membership functions and the optimum rule-base of the semi-active suspension controller. The global optima of the cost function which considers the ride comfort and road holding performance of the full vehicle is determined through discrete optimization with Genetic Algorithm (GA).
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Optimization of Damper Top Mount Characteristics for Semi-Active Suspension System

2017-03-28
2017-01-0412
Semi-active suspension offers variety of damping force range which demands greater need to optimize the top mount to ensure multiple objectives of ride comfort, harshness and safety can be achieved. For this purpose, this paper proposes a numerical optimization procedure for improving the harshness performance of the vehicle through the adjustment of the damper top mount characteristics of the semi-active suspension system. The proposed optimization process employs a frequency dependent combined objective function based on ride comfort and harshness evaluation. A detailed and accurate damper top mount mathematical model is implemented inside a validated full vehicle model to provide a realistic simulation environment for the optimization study. The semi-active suspension system employs a Rule-Optimized Fuzzy-Logic controller. The ride comfort and harshness of the full vehicle are evaluated by analyzing the body acceleration in different frequency ranges.
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The Influence of Damper Top Mount Characteristics on Vehicle Ride Comfort and Harshness: Parametric Study

2012-04-16
2012-01-0054
The current paper addresses the relationship between the damper top mount characteristics and the ride comfort and harshness of a vehicle. A detailed mathematical damper top mount model which can simulate the vertical force characteristics of damper top mounts is developed and verified with actual tests. The amplitude and frequency dependent parameters of the damper top mount model are extracted from experimental testing of a commercial damper top mount. In order to identify the model parameters, a new procedure based on a two-stage optimization routine using two sets of measurement data for the amplitude and frequency dependent parameters is proposed. The damper top mount model is validated by comparing the measured force of the damper top mount with the simulated force of the proposed model. The developed top mount model is then implemented into a quarter vehicle simulation model for studying the influence of damper top mount characteristics on vehicle ride comfort and harshness.
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Rule Optimized Fuzzy Logic Controller for Full Vehicle Semi-Active Suspension

2013-04-08
2013-01-0991
This paper presents a new and effective control concept for semi-active suspension systems. The proposed controller uses a Fuzzy Logic scheme which offers new opportunities in the improvement of vehicle ride performance. The Fuzzy Logic scheme tunes the controller to treat the conflict requirements of ride comfort and road holding parameters within a specified range of the suspension deflection. An eleven degree of freedom full vehicle ride dynamics model is constructed and validated through laboratory tests performed on a hydraulic four-poster shaker. A new optimization process for obtaining the optimum Fuzzy Logic membership functions and the optimum rule-base of the proposed semi-active suspension controller is proposed. Discrete optimization has been performed with a Genetic Algorithm (GA) to find the global optima of the cost function which considers the ride comfort and road holding performance of the full vehicle.
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Development of a Semi-Active Suspension Controller Using Adaptive-Fuzzy with Kalman Filter

2011-04-12
2011-01-0431
Following the developments in controlled suspension system components, the studies on the vertical dynamics analysis of vehicles increased their popularity in recent years. The objective of this study is to develop a semi-active suspension system controller using Adaptive-Fuzzy Logic control theories together with Kalman Filter for state estimation. A quarter vehicle ride dynamics model is constructed and validated through laboratory tests performed on a hydraulic four-poster shaker. A Kalman Filter algorithm is constructed for bounce velocity estimation, and its accuracy is verified through measurements performed with external displacement sensors. The benefit of using adaptive control with Fuzzy-Logic to maintain the optimal performance over a wide range of road inputs is enhanced by the accuracy of Kalman Filter in estimating the controller inputs. A gradient-based optimization algorithm is applied for improving the Fuzzy-Logic controller parameters.
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Triple-Control-Mode for Semi-Active Suspension System

2015-04-14
2015-01-0621
There is an increasing customer demand for adjustable chassis control features which enable adaption of the vehicle comfort and driving characteristics to the customer requirements. One of the most promising vehicle control systems which can be used to change the vehicle characteristics during the drive is the semi-active suspension system. This paper presents a Rule-Optimized Fuzzy Logic controller for semi-active suspension systems which can continuously adjust itself not only according to the road conditions but also to the driver requirements. The proposed controller offers three different control modes (Comfort, Normal and Sport) which can be switched by the driver during driving. The Comfort Mode minimizes the accelerations imposed on the driver and passengers by using a softer damping. On the other hand, the increased damping in Sport Mode provides better road holding capability, which is critical for sporty handling.
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