Title: Coordinated control of active steering and active roll control systems for enhanced vehicle lateral dynamics

Authors: Bin Li; Zhi-Jun Fu

Addresses: CONCAVE Research Centre, Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, H3G 1M8, Canada ' College of Mechanical Engineering, Zhejiang University of Technology, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, 310014, China

Abstract: In this paper, the coordinated control of active steering and active roll control systems is investigated aiming to enhance vehicle lateral dynamics performance. A combined control structure is employed to design active steering controller, in which feedback controller is designed using robust mixed sensitivity control approach to minimise the tracking error of yaw rate and body sideslip angle. To further improve vehicle cornering capacity, an active roll controller based on the yaw rate feedback is designed by re-distributing roll moments between the front and rear axles to collaborate together with active steering. The proposed control system is evaluated via computer simulations under different manoeuvres. The simulation results show the overall performance improvement using the proposed coordinated control system in terms of the better handling performances.

Keywords: vehicle dynamics; lateral dynamics; coordinated control; active steering; active roll control; controller design; vehicle handling; dynamic modelling; feedback control; tracking error; yaw rate; body sideslip angle; vehicle cornering; cornering capacity; simulation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVP.2016.079928

International Journal of Vehicle Performance, 2016 Vol.2 No.4, pp.418 - 434

Received: 02 May 2016
Accepted: 22 Aug 2016

Published online: 19 Oct 2016 *

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