Communications Project

Document Type:Master's Thesis
Name:Angela K. Carter
Title:Transient Motion Control of Passive and Semiactive Damping for Vehicle Suspensions
Degree:Master of Science
Department:Electrical Engineering
Committee Chair: Mehdi Ahmadian
Committee Members:William T. Baumann, Co-Chair
Hugh F. Van Landingham
Keywords:fuzzy logic, groundhook, passive damping, semiactive damping, skyhook, vehicle suspension
Date of defense:July 15, 1998
Availability:Release the entire work immediately worldwide.


This research will compare the transient response characteristics of a four-degree-of-freedom, roll-plane model, representing a class 8 truck, using passive and semiactive dampers. The semiactive damper control policies that are examined include the previously developed policies of on-off skyhook, continuous skyhook, and on-off groundhook control, along with a newly developed method of fuzzy logic semiactive control. The model input will include body forces and torques, as well as transient displacements at the tires. The model outputs include the vehicle body heave and roll displacements, the vertical displacement of the tire (wheel hop) and the vertical acceleration of the vehicle body. For each output, the maximum peak-to-peak and RMS values of the response are examined.

The results of the study show that semiactive dampers have minimal effect on improving the vehicle body and tire transients due to forces or torques applied to the body, as compared to passive dampers. For road inputs, however, semiactive dampers are able to provide a more favorable compromise between the body and axle transient dynamics, when compared to passive dampers. The fuzzy logic semiactive control policy that is proposed in this research is better able to balance the body and axle dynamics than the conventional semiactive damping control policies that are investigated. Further research on the application of fuzzy logic semiactive control concepts is suggested, in order to fully investigate the potential of such control schemes for vehicle suspensions.

List of Attached Files

Chapter1.pdf Chapter2.pdf Chapter3.pdf
Chapter4.pdf Chapter5.pdf Chapter6.pdf
References.pdf Vita.pdf etd.pdf

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