Title: A mixed control system for active suspension for off-road vehicles

Authors: Omar A.O. Sabaneh; Waleed F. Faris; Mohamed Okasha; Faried Hasbullah

Addresses: Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Jalan Gombak, Gombak 53100, Malaysia ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Jalan Gombak, Gombak 53100, Malaysia ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Jalan Gombak, Gombak 53100, Malaysia ' Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM), Jalan Gombak, Gombak 53100, Malaysia

Abstract: Since the passive suspension system is not enough for creating good compromise between road handling and ride comfort for off-road vehicles, this paper presents a study on the application of an active suspension system. In this work, a neuro-fuzzy controller (NFC) is developed for two and three-axle half-car off-road vehicle models. A fuzzy logic controller (FLC) is employed as a benchmark for the NFC. The system designed for this study takes in two types of road disturbances as inputs, namely pothole and random road inputs. The sprung mass vertical and pitch accelerations are the criteria employed for the evaluation of the ride comfort, while the tyre deflection is used for the road handling. The results demonstrate that the NFC has a superior performance over the FLC in creating excellent ride comfort and good road handling without compromising the rattle-space requirement. On the other hand, the NFC requires higher actuation forces than the FLC as it gives a better performance that requires more control effort.

Keywords: active suspension systems; off-road vehicles; neurofuzzy control; NFC; fuzzy logic control; FLC; fuzzy control; neural networks; controller design; vehicle modelling; vehicle control; road disturbances; potholes; random road inputs; ride comfort; tyre deflection; road handling; actuation forces; vehicle vibration.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVNV.2016.079051

International Journal of Vehicle Noise and Vibration, 2016 Vol.12 No.2, pp.101 - 137

Available online: 09 Sep 2016 *

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