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Energy Regenerative and Active Control Suspension

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Yohji Okada, Keisuke Ozawa

Ibaraki University, Hitachi, Japan

Sang-Soo Kim

Akita Research Institute of Advanced Technology, Akita Prefecture, Japan

Paper No. DETC2003/VIB-48560, pp. 2135-2142; 8 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 19th Biennial Conference on Mechanical Vibration and Noise, Parts A, B, and C
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, September 2–6, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3703-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-3698-3
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


This paper introduces a variable resistance type energy regenerative suspension using PWM step-up chopper. The energy regenerative suspension has nonlinear characteristics with dead zone for low speed motion. Hence the energy is not regenerated nor has it damping force. In order to overcome this problem, a step-up chopper is introduced between the actuator and the charging circuit. This chopper is controlled by velocity-dependent PWM signal to improve the damping characteristics and the efficiency of the regenerative suspension. The suspension system changes its height according to the carrier load. Hence linear AC motor is used to the isolation actuator. A simple experiment was performed and the results showed better performance than the standard regenerative suspension. The system is planned to be modified incorporating active control. The fundamental idea and the configuration are introduced.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME



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