Control system design for full range operation of a narrow commuter vehicle

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Abstract

One way of addressing the traffic congestion problem is by efficiently utilizing the existing highway infrastructure. Narrow commuter vehicles can be part of this solution if they can be designed to be safe, stable and easy to operate. In this paper the design of a control system that ensures the tilt stability of a narrow tilting vehicle from start up to highway speed without requiring any learned skill from the driver and without affecting the handling of the vehicle is presented. This proposed control scheme constitutes of two different controllers. For low speed operation of the vehicle a new and improved Direct Tilt Control system is designed that results in minimal transient torque requirement and zero steady state torque requirement. For higher operating speed of the vehicle a Steering Tilt Control based control law is designed to ensure tilt stability of the vehicle. Finally a new method of integrating these two control schemes that guarantees smooth switchover between the controllers is proposed. The performance of the compound control system is evaluated by simulations carried out for different vehicle operating conditions. Preliminary results on direct tilt control are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division 2005
Pages473-482
Number of pages10
Edition1 PART A
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005
Event2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005 - Orlando, FL, United States
Duration: Nov 5 2005Nov 11 2005

Publication series

NameAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Publication) DSC
Number1 PART A
Volume74 DSC

Other

Other2005 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition, IMECE 2005
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando, FL
Period11/5/0511/11/05

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Kidane, S., Alexander, L. G., Rajamani, R., Starr, P., & Donath, M. (2005). Control system design for full range operation of a narrow commuter vehicle. In Proceedings of the ASME Dynamic Systems and Control Division 2005 (1 PART A ed., pp. 473-482). (American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Dynamic Systems and Control Division (Publication) DSC; Vol. 74 DSC, No. 1 PART A). https://doi.org/10.1115/IMECE2005-81090