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Transient Active BodyControl of a Ford Transit Connect using Semi-active Suspensions

This paper presents the development of a transient active control (TABC) system for the Ford Transit Connect light commercial vehicle using semi active suspensions. The control objective is to improve the ride comfort and road holding together with achieving roll and pitch stability using four semi active suspension dampers, hence called transient active body control. Semi-active control algorithms such as sky-hook, ground-hook and hybrid are applied to each suspension while the roll and pitch stabilizing controllers are designed separately and interfere with the local semi-active controllers through a supervisory control algorithm, if necessary. Simulation and experimental results are presented to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique.
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Optimization of Nonlinear Spring and Damper Characteristics for Vehicle Ride and Handling Improvement

In this paper, the optimum linear/nonlinear spring and linear/nonlinear damper force versus displacement and force versus velocity characteristic functions, respectively, are determined using simple lumped parameter models of a quarter car front independent suspension and a half car rear solid axle suspension of a light commercial vehicle. The complexity of a nonlinear function optimization problem is reduced by determining the shape a priori based on typical shapes supplied by the car manufacturer and then scaling it up or down in the optimization process. The vehicle ride and handling responses are investigated considering models of increased complexity. The linear and nonlinear optimized spring characteristics are first obtained using lower complexity lumped parameter models. The commercial vehicle dynamics software Carmaker is then used in the optimization as the higher complexity, more realistic model.
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Identification and Elimination of Rear Axle Differential Side Bearing Failures on a Medium Duty Cycle Vehicle

This paper represents identification and elimination of differential side bearing failures of a medium duty cycle vehicle. Using instrumented bearings, it is demonstrated that the variation in preload drop during tube pressing operation depends on tube to carrier fitting tolerances. The variability in bearing preload drop is identified and CAE analysis revealing the phenomena behind this issue is conducted. Implementation and verification of corrective actions are also covered within this paper.
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Experimental and Numerical Investigations on Differential Side Bearing Preload Drop on a Rear Axle Assembly

This paper focuses on experimental and numerical investigations on preload drop of rear axles differential side bearings which occur during tube to carrier pressing operation on the assembly line. The phenomena behind preload decrease during tube fitting operation is revealed via CAE iterations and verified with on site measurement data using strain gauged bearings. It is proven that the level of preload drop during tube pressing operation depends on tube to carrier fitting interference.
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Compliant Control of Electric Power Assisted Steering Systems

In this study, a compliant control strategy is developed, which makes the application of position based control strategies practicable for electric power assisted steering systems. In order to do this, an additional virtual degree of freedom is added to the system, which is stimulated by the torque exerted on the steering wheel by the driver and the pinion position. The electro-actuator modeled on the second pinion of the steering gear is then commanded to position the pinion to the virtual system position using a traditional position control strategy. Thus, a compliance behavior is established that can be varied depending on the vehicle states and environmental conditions to improve the vehicle dynamics and safety of the passenger.