Semi-Active Suspension Design for Enhancing Vehicle Ride, Road-Friendliness and Braking Performance
This study proposes a novel semi-active hydro-pneumatic suspension design and investigates its performance potentials. The proposed new semi-active suspension design involves pneumatic interconnection between the front and rear suspension struts of the vehicle. The analytical formulations of suspension forces due to two suspension configurations, a passive unconnected and the proposed semi-active interconnected, are derived to analyze suspension properties. Based on a validated pitch-plane vehicle braking model, vehicle dynamic responses are conducted under a range of measured road roughness excitations and driving speeds, as well as braking inputs.