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Multibody dynamics modelling and system identification of a quarter-car test rig with McPherson strut suspension

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In this paper, we develop a multibody dynamics model of a quarter-car test-rig equipped with a McPherson strut suspension and we apply a system identification technique on it. Constrained equations of motion in the Lagrange multiplier form are derived and employed to characterise the dynamic behaviour of the test rig modelled once as a linear system and once as a non-linear system. The system of differential algebraic equations is integrated using a Hilber-Hughes-Taylor integrator. The responses of both models (linear and non-linear) to a given displacement input are obtained and compared with the experimental response recorded using the physical quarter-car test rig equipped with a McPherson strut suspension. The system identification is performed for control purposes. The results, as well as the performance and area of applicability of the test rig models derived, are discussed.

Keywords: McPherson strut suspension; non-linear multibody model; quarter-car test rig

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Advanced Vehicle Dynamics Laboratory, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, USA 2: Toyota Motor Co., Detroit, MI, USA 3: Performance Engineering Research Laboratory, Virginia Tech, Danville, VA, USA

Publication date: 2011-01-01

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