IEEE Conference on Control Applications, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Semi-active suspensions offer a large potential to improve the trade-off between ride comfort and road-Holding compared to passive suspensions. In order to exploit this potential, the suspension control approach should explicitly consider the force limits of the semi-active damper. For this purpose, a Linear Parameter Varying (LPV) plant with a saturation indicator and a saturation transformer parameter is developed. This plant model allows for the synthesis of an LPV controller with guaranteed closed-loop stability and performance. In experiments carried out on a quarter-vehicle test-rig, the performance of the LPV controller is compared to passive suspension configurations and a Skyhook/ Groundhook (SH/GH) controller. The results show that the LPV Controller achieves a better trade-off between ride comfort and roadholding together with a simultaneous reduction of the Suspension motion.
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