Active suspension systems for passenger cars: Operational modal analysis as a tool for the performance assessment

Leonardo Soria, Arnaldo Delli Carri, Bart Peeters, Jan Anthonis, Herman Van Der Auweraer

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Comfort, road holding and safety of passenger cars are mainly influenced by an appropriate design of suspension systems. Improvements of the dynamic behaviour can be achieved by implementing semi-active or active suspension systems. In these cases, the correct design of a well-performing suspension control strategy is fundamental for obtaining satisfying results. In-Operation Modal Analysis allows the experimental structural identification in real operating conditions: moving from output-only data, leading to modal models linearised around the more interesting working points and, in the case of controlled systems, providing the needed information for the optimal design and verification of the controller performance. All these characters are needed for the experimental assessment of vehicle suspension systems. In the paper, two suspension architectures are considered equipping the same car type. The former is a semi-active commercial system, the latter a novel prototypic active system. For the assessment of suspension performance, two different kind of tests have been considered, proving ground tests on different road profiles and laboratory four poster rig tests. By OMA-processing the signals acquired in the different testing conditions and by comparing the results, it is shown how this tool can be effectively utilised to verify the operation and the performance of those systems, by only carrying out a simple, cost-effective road test.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationModal Analysis Topics
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 29th IMAC, A Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2011
EditorsTom Proulx
PublisherSpringer New York LLC
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4419-9299-4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4419-9298-7
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes
Event29th IMAC, a Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2011 - Jacksonville, FL, United States
Duration: 31 Jan 20113 Feb 2011


Conference29th IMAC, a Conference on Structural Dynamics, 2011
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityJacksonville, FL

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Mechanical Engineering


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