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Excitation event design and accuracy verification procedure for high-fidelity terrain measurement systems
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Paper Abstract

Traditionally, terrain profilers have been evaluated based on their ability to reproduce measurements made from some reference device (e.g., a rod and level). The measurement error inherent in these reference measurements has become significant as terrain profilers have become more accurate. The fundamental technical challenge in the design of terrain profilers is the removal of vehicle body motion from the height sensor measurement. The objective of this work is to develop design criteria for an excitation event that will quantitatively highlight the abilities and inadequacies of terrain profilers by testing the profilers under adverse measurement conditions. The design of a characteristic excitation event must fulfill two requirements. First, the event should excite the terrain profiler chassis at its primary ride and wheel-hop frequencies. Using these first two ride frequencies and the suspension damping ratio, relationships are developed that relate these parameters to the geometric excitation event dimensions. The terrain profiler's test velocity is also determined based on these frequencies. Second, the excitation event should be simple, light, inexpensive, and reproducible to ensure that it is used. The result of this work is an excitation event that insures that the terrain profiler will be excited to its highest attainable amplitude (near resonance). This excitation event provides the first step in developing an accuracy test for modern terrain profilers.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7348, Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations IV, 73480M (30 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.817934
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Hurtford Smith, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)
John B. Ferris, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7348:
Modeling and Simulation for Military Operations IV
Dawn A. Trevisani, Editor(s)

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