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Semi-Active Control Methodology for Control of Air Spring-Valve-Accumulator System

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William D. Robinson

John Deere Intelligent Solutions Group, Urbandale, IA

Atul G. Kelkar

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

Jerald M. Vogel

IVS, Inc., Ames, IA

Paper No. DSCC2013-3975, pp. V001T15A010; 10 pages
  • ASME 2013 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 1: Aerial Vehicles; Aerospace Control; Alternative Energy; Automotive Control Systems; Battery Systems; Beams and Flexible Structures; Biologically-Inspired Control and its Applications; Bio-Medical and Bio-Mechanical Systems; Biomedical Robots and Rehab; Bipeds and Locomotion; Control Design Methods for Adv. Powertrain Systems and Components; Control of Adv. Combustion Engines, Building Energy Systems, Mechanical Systems; Control, Monitoring, and Energy Harvesting of Vibratory Systems
  • Palo Alto, California, USA, October 21–23, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5612-3
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


This paper presents a semi-active control methodology for controlling the vibration of a pneumatic air spring-valve-accumulator system. Three controllers are presented and compared, along with experimental results. Due to the semi-active nature of this system, each controller uses a skyhook switching algorithm, along with a set-point plus PI tracking algorithm to track a desired reference signal. Some combination of pressure and displacement (or relative displacement) sensor feedback is used in each case. The desired reference control signal is generated by three different methods. The first method uses an optimal LQI (Linear Quadratic Impulse) controller generated from Covariance Control Theory. The second method uses a modified skyhook algorithm, and the third method uses a command directly proportional to the relative displacement. The second two methods use the first method (LQI) to tune the required controller gains off-line.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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