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Robust Semi-Active Ride Control under Stochastic Excitation

Journal Article
ISSN: 1946-3995, e-ISSN: 1946-4002
Published April 01, 2014 by SAE International in United States
Robust Semi-Active Ride Control under Stochastic Excitation
Citation: Kolansky, J., Singh, A., and Goryca, J., "Robust Semi-Active Ride Control under Stochastic Excitation," SAE Int. J. Passeng. Cars - Mech. Syst. 7(1):96-104, 2014,
Language: English


Ride control of military vehicles is challenging due to varied terrain and mission requirements such as operating weight. Achieving top speeds on rough terrain is typically considered a key performance parameter, which is always constrained by ride discomfort. Many military vehicles using passive suspensions suffer with compromised performance due to single tuning solution. To further stretch the performance domain to achieving higher speeds on rough roads, semi-active suspensions may offer a wide range of damping possibilities under varying conditions. In this paper, various semi-active control strategies are examined, and improvements have been made, particularly, to the acceleration-driven damper (ADD) strategy to make the approach more robust for varying operating conditions. A seven degrees of freedom ride model and a quarter-car model were developed that were excited by a random road process input modeled using an auto-regressive time series model. The proposed strategy shows promise as a cost-effective solution to improve the ride of a military vehicle over multiple stochastic terrains considering variation in operating weight.