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Feedback control of an electrorheological long-stroke vibration damper
Author(s): Neil D. Sims; Roger Stanway; Andrew R. Johnson; David J. Peel; William A. Bullough
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Paper Abstract

It is widely acknowledged that the inherent non-linearity of smart fluid dampers is inhibiting the development of effective control regimes, and mass-production devices. In an earlier publication, an innovative solution to this problem was presented -- using a simple feedback control strategy to linearize the response. The study used a quasi-steady model of a long-stroke Electrorheological damper, and showed how proportional feedback control could linearize the simulated response. However, this initial research did not consider the dynamics of the damper's behavior, and so the development of a more advanced model has been necessary. In this article, the authors present an extension to this earlier study, using a model of the damper's response that is capable of accurately predicting the dynamic response of the damper. To introduce the topic, the electrorheological long-stroke damper test rig is described, and an overview of the earlier study is given. The advanced model is then derived, and its predictions are compared to experimental data from the test rig. This model is then incorporated into the feedback control simulations, and it is shown how the control strategy is still able to linearize the response in simulations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 June 1999
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 3672, Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Passive Damping and Isolation, (2 June 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.349805
Show Author Affiliations
Neil D. Sims, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Roger Stanway, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
Andrew R. Johnson, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
David J. Peel, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)
William A. Bullough, Univ. of Sheffield (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3672:
Smart Structures and Materials 1999: Passive Damping and Isolation
T. Tupper Hyde, Editor(s)

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