Title: A novel torque vectoring system for enhancing vehicle stability

Authors: Tao Sun; Xuwei Gong; Bin Li; Jian Wu

Addresses: Department of Automotive Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China ' Department of Automotive Engineering, School of Mechanical Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, Shanghai 200093, China ' Aptiv PLC, Troy MI, 48098, USA ' SAIC Motor Commercial Vehicle Technology Center, Shanghai 200438, China

Abstract: Aiming for improving the handling and stability performance of all-wheel-drive (AWD) vehicles, a novel torque vectoring system (TV) is proposed in this paper by distributing engine torque to the front and rear axles as well as transmitting the torque between the two rear wheels. Unlike brake-based control system such as electronic stability control (ESC), the TV system can extend the cornering stability limit without interference with the vehicle longitudinal dynamics, thus improve the vehicle stability while making the handling feel smooth and consistent. Torque vectoring control strategy is developed to allocate torque to each wheel under different driving conditions. LQR controller is designed to generate the corrective yaw moment. Simulations were firstly conducted to validate the effectiveness of this system. And then a scaled vehicle is built based on dynamic similarity of the Buckingham Pi theorem to further verify the proposed TV system. Compared with a conventional AWD vehicle with open differentials, the vehicle with the proposed TV system shows better understeer characteristics and increases the maximum level of lateral acceleration.

Keywords: optimal control; LQR control algorithm; torque-vectoring; scaled model vehicle.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVAS.2019.10021444

International Journal of Vehicle Autonomous Systems, 2019 Vol.14 No.3, pp.278 - 303

Received: 02 Jun 2018
Accepted: 10 Mar 2019

Published online: 17 May 2019 *

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