Optimal Vehicle Path Generator Using Optimization Methods
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A three-degree-of freedom vehicle model is used to approximate the handling dynamics of the vehicle. Inputs into the vehicle model are steering angle and longitudinal force at the tire. These two variables approximate two requirements that are essential in operating a vehicle. The Third order Runge-Kutta integration routine is used to integrate vehicle dynamics equations of motion. The Optimization Toolbox of Matlab is used to evaluate the optimization algorithm. The vehicle is constrained with a series of conditions, includes, a travel within the boundaries of the track, traction force limitations at the tire, vehicle speed, and steering.
The simulation results show that the optimization applied to vehicle dynamics can be useful in designing an automated track testing system. The optimal path generator can be used to develop meaningful test paths on existing test tracks. This study can be used to generate an accelerated tire wear test path, perform parametric study of suspension geometry design using vehicle dynamics handling test data, and to increase repeatability in generating track testing results.
Vita removed at author's request. GMc 3/13/2013
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