Control of vehicle lateral dynamics based on longitudinal wheel forces

O'Neill, Simon James (2012) Control of vehicle lateral dynamics based on longitudinal wheel forces. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Trends show that on board vehicle technology is becoming increasingly complex and that this will continue to be the case. This complexity has enabled both driver assistance systems and fully automatic systems to be introduced. Driver assistance systems include anti-lock braking and yaw rate control, and these differ from fully automatic systems which include collision avoidance systems, where control of the car may be taken away from the driver. With this distinct difference in mind, this work will focus on driver assist based systems, where emerging technology has created an opportunity to try and improve upon the systems which are currently available. This work investigates the ability to simultaneously control a set of two lateral dynamics using primarily the longitudinal wheels forces. This approach will then be integrated with front wheel steering control to assess if any benefits can be obtained. To aid this work, three different vehicle models are available. A linear model is derived for the controller design stage, and a highly nonlinear validated model from an industrial partner is available for simulation and evaluation purposes. A third model, which is also nonlinear, is used to integrate the control structures with a human interface test rig in a Hardware in the Loop (HiL) environment, which operates in real-time. Frequency based analysis and design techniques are used for the feedback controller design, and a feedforward based approach is used to apply a steering angle to the vehicle model. Computer simulations are initially used to evaluate the controllers, followed by evaluation via a HiL setup using a test rig. Using a visualisation environment in Matlab, this interface device allows driver interaction with the controllers to be analysed. It also enables driver reaction without any controllers present to be compared directly with the controller performance whilst completing the test manoeuvres. Results show that during certain manoeuvres, large variations in vehicle velocity are required to complete the control objective. However, it can be concluded from both the computer simulation and HiL results that simultaneous control of the lateral dynamics, based on the longitudinal wheel forces can be achieved using linear control methods.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Keywords: Vehicle dynamics control, vehicle longitudinal dynamics, hardware in the loop, software in the loop, control theory
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Colleges/Schools: College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
Funder's Name: UNSPECIFIED
Supervisor's Name: Gollee, Dr. Henrik
Date of Award: 2012
Depositing User: mr simon james o'neill
Unique ID: glathesis:2012-3670
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2012
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2012 14:09

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