L1 based control of an active suspension

A.G. Jager, de, S. Weiland

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An active suspension control system design for a tractor-semitrailer transport vehicle is discussed. The design aims at a small L1-norm of the generalized plant. To-be-controlled signal specifications, related to driver and cargo comfort, limitations of the suspension, driving safety, and road damage, are translated in weighting transfer functions and incorporated in the generalized plant. Due to properties of the generalized plant it is known that an l1 -optimal controller exists, but not if this controller is a real rational transfer function. Therefore a fixed-structure, fixed-order control synthesis method is employed, that will only generate suboptimal controllers. Design for a single load condition is not satisfactory. Two different approaches to assure robustness are followed: (1) adding an H 8, or better µ, stability constraint, (2) adding an H2-constraint for another load condition. Both approaches give acceptable closed loop behavior. To compute controllers, use is made of a Multiobjective Control Design toolbox
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 36th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control, 10-12 December 1997, San Diego, California
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISBN (Print)0-7803-4187-2
Publication statusPublished - 1997


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