A fuzzy logic approach for vehicle collision energy distribution

J.E. Trollope, L. Koszalka, I. Pozniak-Koszalka, Keith J. Burnham

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    This paper presents the concept of a novel active buckling control strategy aimed at alleviating the compatibility problem arising when two vehicles of dissimilar mass and stiffness values encounter a collision. The approach assumes that the properties of the vehicle body structures may be changed via actively controlled materials; in particular the smallest positive eigenvalue which corresponds to the point at which buckling commences. The approach is based on a multi-dimensional look-up table combined with fuzzy logic for interpolating between pre-calculated levels of energy absorption related to the stiffness values. By modelling the force versus deformation characteristic, the energy to be absorbed is more appropriately apportioned, thus enhancing vehicle safety.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication 2014 UKACC International Conference on Control (CONTROL)
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4799-5011-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2014

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    • active buckling control
    • automotive control
    • bilinear model
    • collision energy
    • fuzzy logic


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