A Control Strategy to Reduce Steering Torque for Stationary Vehicles Equipped with EPS
This paper proposes a new Electric Power Steering (EPS) control strategy that enables remarkable progress on steering maneuverability for stationary vehicles. Using a conventional controller, undesirable steering vibration prevented us from reducing steering torque. To eliminate this vibration, we developed a new control strategy based on damping for specified frequency using a motor angular-velocity estimator. We experimented with this proposed control algorithm using a test vehicle and confirmed that it enables reduced steering torque without any perceived vibration for drivers. Concerning the gradient of the assist-map, the proposed control strategy enabled more than three times higher compared with that of the same type vehicles on the market as the test vehicle. This proposed control strategy requires only the torque sensor signal, supply voltage and current to the motor, which are used in the conventional EPS systems, so no supplemental sensors are required.