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Damping Characteristics of a Hydraulic Electric Rectifier Shock Absorber and its Effect on Vehicle Dynamics

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Lin Xu, Sijing Guo

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VAWuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China

Yilun Liu, Lei Zuo

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

Xuexun Guo

Wuhan University of Technology, Wuhan, China

Paper No. DETC2015-46916, pp. V003T01A009; 10 pages
  • ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 3: 17th International Conference on Advanced Vehicle Technologies; 12th International Conference on Design Education; 8th Frontiers in Biomedical Devices
  • Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5710-6
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Many energy-harvesting shock absorbers have been proposed in recent years, the most popular design is the electromagnetic harvester including linear electromagnetic shock absorbers, rotational electromagnetic shock absorbers, the mechanical motion rectifier (MMR), and the hydraulic-electromagnetic energy-regenerative shock absorber (HESA). With different energy converting mechanisms, the complicated effects of the inertia and nonlinear damping behaviors will greatly influence the vehicle dynamic performance such as the ride comfort and road handling. In this paper, we will theoretically analyze the dynamics of the suspension system with the HESA and give a guide for the HESA design. Then a simulation model of the HESA is built in AMESim to make comparison studies on the different vehicle dynamics caused by the nonlinear damping behaviors of the HESA. The advantages of HESA in terms of ride comfort and road handling will be evaluated in comparison with the similar design without accumulators and the traditional oil shock absorbers.

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