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Du, H., Li, W. & Zhang, N. (2012). Integrated seat and suspension control for a quarter car with driver model. IEEE Transactions on Vehicular Technology, 61 (9), 3893-3908.


In this paper, an integrated vehicle seat and sus pension control strategy for a quarter car with driver model is proposed to improve suspension performance on driver ride comfort. An integrated seat and suspension model that includes a quarter-car suspension, a seat suspension, and a 4-degree-of freedom (DOM) driver body model is presented first. This in1 tegrated model provides a platform to evaluate ride comfort 1performance in terms of driver head acceleration responses under typical road disturbances and to develop an integrated control of seat and car suspensions. Based on the integrated model, an H∞ state feedback controller is designed to minimize the driver head acceleration under road disturbances. Considering that state variables for a driver body model are not measurement available in practice, a static output feedback controller, which only uses measurable state variables, is designed. Further discussion on robust multiobjective controller design, which considers driver body parameter uncertainties, suspension stroke limitation, and road-holding properties, is also provided. Last, numerical simula tions are conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed control strategy. The results show that the integrated seat and sus pension control can effectively improve suspension ride comfort performance compared with the passive seat suspension, active seat suspension control, and active car suspension control.



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