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Enhancement of Occupant Ride Comfort by GA Optimized PID Control Active Suspension System

Anna University-Arivazhagan Anandan, Arunachalam K
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1532
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
The main objective of this work is to enhance the occupant ride comfort. Ride comfort is quantified in terms of measuring distinct accelerations like sprung mass, seat and occupant head. For this theoretical evaluation, a 7- degrees of freedom (DOF) human-vehicle-road model was established and the system investigation was limited to vertical motion. Besides, this work also focused to guarantee other vehicle performance indices like suspension working space and tire deflection. A proportional-integral-derivative (PID) controller was introduced in the vehicle model and optimized with the aid of the genetic algorithm (GA). Actuator dynamics is incorporated into the system. The objective function for PID optimization was carried out using root mean square error (RMSE) concept. The severity of various suspension indices and biomechanics responses of the developed model under proposed approach were theoretically analyzed using various road profiles and compared with conventional passive system. Furthermore, this work discussed the seat to head transmissibility ratio (STH) response to examine the severity of whole-body vibration (WBV). Subsequently, the respective performance measures were statistically analyzed using root mean square…
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Development of the Active Sound Generation Technology using Motor Driven Power Steering System

Hyundai Motor Co.-Kyoung-Jin Chang
Mdynamix AG-Leonhard Angerpointner, Dominik Schubert, Matthias Niegl
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1536
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
As original engine sound is usually not enough to satisfy the driver’s desire for the sporty and fascinating sound, active noise control (ANC) and active sound design (ASD) have been great technologies in automobiles for a long time. However, these technologies which enhance the sound of vehicle using loud speakers or electromagnetic actuators etc. lead to the increase of cost and weight due to the use of external amplifier or external actuators. This paper presents a new technology of generating a target sound by the active control of a permanent magnet synchronous motor (PMSM) which is already mounted in vehicle. Firstly, an algorithm of this technology, called an active sound generation (ASG), is introduced with those signal conversion process, and then the high frequency noise issue and its countermeasure are presented. Secondly, ASG test bench is designed using a motor driven power steering (MDPS) system and then it is checked if ASG has any influence on an original function of MDPS. Thirdly, motor-induced vibration is measured in the transfer path and then the appropriate level…
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Sliding Mode Controlled Half Car Suspension System with Magnetorheological Damper

  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1540
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Attenuation of vibrations caused by the road undulance conditions are tedious and very much related to human health and vehicle handling problems. One of the promised approaches to solving these problems in a vehicle suspension system is the use of effective controllers. In this paper, the sliding mode controller (SMC) is designed and used to control the magnetorheological (MR) damper. The performance of the proposed controller is verified by incorporating the controller in a half car vehicle suspension model. In a suspension damper design, Modified Bouc-Wen model is used to characterize the hysteretic behaviour of MR damper parameters. The voltage control algorithm is used to convert the desired force into the varied voltage input to the MR damper. The fail-proof advantage of MR damper is analysed by comparing the results of uncontrolled MR suspension with a passive system. In order to limit the pitch angle and to achieve the improved ride comfort and stability of the vehicle, the vertical displacement of the front and rear body of the half-car model is controlled by the SMC…
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Real-Time Capable Wind and Rolling Noise Synthesis for a More Realistic Vehicle Simulator Experience

Institute of Electronic Music & Acoustic-Julian Koch, Alois Sontacchi
MAGNA STEYR Fahrzeugtechnik AG & CO KG-Thorsten Bartosch, Werner Reinalter
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1546
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Nowadays a large proportion of the overall acoustic vehicle development takes place within virtual phases. Increasingly, projects require the auralization of virtual developed acoustics measures, e.g. from the disciplines of electro-acoustic, ride comfort, rolling noise or passive acoustic on dynamic or static driving simulators. In practice it turns out that in addition to engine noise also a realistic reproduction of rolling and wind noise is important. In this article, approaches to synthetic rolling and wind noise generators are discussed. We developed such real-time capable sound generators that are parametrizable according to arbitrary driving conditions. Furthermore, spacial reproduction of the driving sounds is achieved for binaural headphone, as well as for other arbitrary loudspeaker setups, like often found in driving simulators. Derived models and parametrization are based on measurements and recordings from several real vehicles. In order to facilitate the adjustment on specific vehicles and designing rolls thereof, the suggested parametrization is guided by a defined procedure. The influence of these noise components on an improved perception of the overall driving experience is objectified by means…
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Measurement of the Biodynamic Response of the Hand-Arm System and Study of its Influence on the Vibrational Response of the Steering Wheel

INSA Lyon-Etienne Parizet
PSA Group, INSA Lyon-luc laroche
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1548
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Driver’s hands modify the vibrational response of the steering wheel, so that car manufacturers are used to measure vibrations of the free steering wheel to ensure reproducibility. However, levels measured in this condition do not represent those perceived by the driver. The aim of this study is to predict the vibrational response of the hand-wheel coupled system from measurements of the non-held steering wheel, and of the mechanical impedance of the arm. The mechanical impedance of the hand-arm system is measured at three levels of vibration (0.5 2.5 and 5 m/s²) in two directions of excitation (along the arm and in the normal direction of the palm). The position of the arm and the hand grip are controlled to be as close as possible to a driving situation. For each condition, the mechanical impedance is calculated and compared to models of ISO 10068. The differences introduced between the response of the left and right hand are also investigated according to the preferred hand and anthropometric data. In a second step, a measurement of the vibrational…
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Asian Consumers Challenging the NVH Performance of European Cars – Implications on the Product Development in the 2020ies

MAGNA STEYR Automotive Technologies-Paulo Padilha
NVH Experts-Christoph Fankhauser
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1552
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Sales of SUV and luxury cars on the largest market of the world – China – are growing at a high rate. The highways in large cities like Beijing or Shanghai are increasingly populated with cars from all over the world like Japan, USA, Europe and Korea and even some refined domestic brands. More than 10 million rich people can afford those cars and are skilled drivers. This huge group of potential consumers is targeted by luxury brand OEMs and by startup companies. It has been understood, that these people have a strong attitude towards comfort. The twistbeam rear axle was replaced by multilink, double clutch transmissions were improved by comfort-mode drive programs, interior trims raised to Western standard performance levels, tyres specially developed for comfort in China, localized insulation materials and packages engineered to a one vehicle class higher level. The European avant-garde is capable of such high levels of complete vehicle NVH performance, whereas premium brands often compromise NVH with respect to high vehicle dynamics performance and passive safety requirements. At the same…
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Simulating and Optimizing the Dynamic Chassis Forces of the Audi e-tron

Audi AG-Stefan Uhlar
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1521
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
With battery electric vehicles (BEV), due to the absence of the combustion process, the rolling noise comes even more into play. The BEV technology also leads to different concepts of how to mount the electric engine in the car. Commonly, also applied with the Audi e-tron, the rear engine is mounted on a subframe, which again is connected to the body structure. This concept leads to a better insulation in the high frequency range, yet it bears some problems in designing the mounts for ride comfort (up to 20Hz) or body boom (up to 70Hz). Commonly engine mounts are laid-out based on driving comfort (up to 20Hz). The current paper presents a new method to find an optimal mount design (concerning the stiffness) in order to reduce the dynamic chassis forces which are transferred to the body up to 100Hz. This directly comes along with a reduction of the sound pressure level for the ‘body boom’ phenomena. Here we use multibody simulation along with a sophisticated tire model in the time domain in order to…
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Research on the Subjective Rating Prediction Method for the Ride Comfort with Deep Learning

Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd-Ryusuke Hirao
Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd.-Nobuyuki Ichimaru
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1566
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Suspension is an important chassis part which is vital to ride comfort. However, it is difficult to achieve our targeted comfortability level in a short time. Therefore, improving efficiency of damper development is our primary challenge. We have launched a project which aims to reduce the workload on developing dampers by introducing analytical approaches to the improvement of ride comfort. To be more specific, we have been putting effort into developing subjective rating prediction, vehicle dynamics prediction, the damping force prediction. This paper describes the subjective rating prediction method which output a subjective rating corresponding to the physical value of the vehicle dynamics with Deep Learning. As a result of verifying with the unlearning data, DNN(Deep Neural Network) prediction method could almost predict the subjective rating of the expert driver.
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On Prediction of Automotive Clutch Torsional Vibrations

Theofilos Gkinis PhD
Loughborough Univ-Homer Rahnejat
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1508
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
Automotive clutches are prone to rigid body torsional vibrations during engagement, a phenomenon referred to as take-up judder. This is also accompanied by fore and aft vehicle motions. Aside from driver behaviour in sudden release of clutch pedal (resulting in loss of clamp load), and type and state of friction lining material, the interfacial slip speed and contact temperature can significantly affect the propensity of clutch to judder. The ability to accurately predict the judder phenomenon relies significantly on the determination of operational frictional characteristics of the clutch lining material. This is dependent upon contact pressure, temperature and interfacial slip speed. The current study investigates the ability to predict clutch judder vibration with the degree of complexity of the torsional dynamics model. For this purpose, the results from a four and nine degrees of freedom dynamics models are compared and discussed. Subsequently, the predictions are compared with the acquired data from an automotive driveline test rig. It is shown that the complexity of the dynamic model, intended for the study of a clutch system, can…
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Suggestive Sound Design Based on Virtual Gears

IPEK - Institute of Product Engineering-Manuel Petersen, Matthias Behrendt, Leonard Heizmann, Albert Albers
  • Technical Paper
  • 2020-01-1543
To be published on 2020-06-03 by SAE International in United States
With the electrification of vehicles, new questions and problems are rising in the field of NVH. The in-cabin noises were reduced significantly due to the new drive system, but even more so the spectral composition of this noise. While the reduction of the in-cabin Sound pressure levels is generally welcomed by customers and engineers alike, the predominantly high-pitched tonal sounds of the electrical drives are normally perceived with less enthusiasm. Active sound design can help both in masking those noises, and at the least embed them in new harmonic contexts so their annoyance can be reduced. Furthermore, an active sound design can bring back the emotionality that an electrical drive is lacking compared to a classic internal combustion engine. Our hypothesis is, that if certain sounds induce specific emotions in drivers, and as a variety of research in the field of traffic psychology shows, emotions can alter the driving behavior, a specifically designed active sound design could be used to influence said behavior. We aim to make the changes in the sound sufficiently subtle, so…