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.