Active Suspension: Simulate Road Conditions Without Sitting in Traffic
Give your senior engineering students unique hands-on learning, relevant to the automotive industry with Quanser’s Active Suspension. This experimental platform teaches active control challenges for a quarter-car model, as well as mass, spring and damper systems.
How It Works
The Active Suspension system consists of two masses, each supported by a spring. The upper mass represents the vehicle body supported above the suspension, while the lower mass corresponds to one of the vehicle’s wheels. The middle mass corresponds to one of the vehicle’s wheels. You actuate the upper mass through a programmable motor. Conduct different experiments by positioning the device vertically or horizontally.
Curriculum Topics Provided
- Double mass, spring, damper system analysis
- Industry-relevant control requirements (ride comfort, suspension travel, road handling)
- Derivation of dynamic model
- State space representation
- System transfer functions
- Open-loop system analysis
- Time domain and frequency-domain open-loop and close-loop system identification
- Full-state/two-state feedback LQR control design (with real-time control parameter tuning)
- Full-state/two-state feedback LQG controller (with real-time control/observer parameter tuning)
- Observer design
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