Nonlinear Mr Model Inversion for Semi-Active Control Enhancement With Open-Loop Force Compensation
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For simplicity, MR dampers are often assumed to have a linear relationship between the current input and the force output at a given relative velocity. Often this assumption is made implicitly and without knowledge of the underlying nonlinearity. This thesis shows that the overall performance of a semi-active Skyhook control system can be improved by explicitly inverting the nonlinear relationship between input current and output force. The proposed modification will work with any semi-active control algorithm, such as Skyhook, to insure that the controller performance is at least as good as the performance without the proposed modification. This technique is demonstrated through simulation on a quarter-vehicle system. Hysteretic damping effects are incorporated into the modification by application of simple open loop force compensation. Laboratory testing of the hysteretic inversion process was performed with the goal of emulating an ideal linear damper without hysteresis. These results are compared with the implicit assumption thus providing a basis for validating the benefits of the improved methodology.
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