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Modeling an Active Vehicle Suspension System With Application of Digital Displacement Pump Motor

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Xubin Song

Eaton Corporation, Southfield, MI

Paper No. DETC2008-49035, pp. 749-753; 5 pages
  • ASME 2008 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 5: 13th Design for Manufacturability and the Lifecycle Conference; 5th Symposium on International Design and Design Education; 10th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle and Tire Technologies
  • Brooklyn, New York, USA, August 3–6, 2008
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4329-1 | eISBN: 0-7918-3831-5
  • Copyright © 2008 by ASME


Vehicle suspension design can be simplified by using compressible fluid (CF) based struts. One single CF strut can provide both spring and damping force instead of two independent components of spring and shock absorber in a traditional vehicle suspension system. With the application of a digital displacement pump motor (DDPM) to modulate the fluid amount in CF struts, a hydraulic based active suspension can be developed. Each vehicle suspension corner (i.e., CF strut) can be linked to (at least) one cylinder of a multiple cylinder DDPM. Each cylinder has two poppet valves to allow exchanging flow between strut and accumulator. Those valves are actively controlled according to a properly designed control strategy. Thus DDPM can regulate the fluid flow to/from the CF struts to create a desired strut force at each suspension corner. This paper focuses on elaborating this novel active suspension using CFS and DDPM, and then presents a model that can well capture the macro-behavior of this new active suspension.

Copyright © 2008 by ASME



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