Inerter-incorporated Vehicle Suspension Platform for Designing and Prototyping


Grant Data
Project Title
Inerter-incorporated Vehicle Suspension Platform for Designing and Prototyping
Principal Investigator
Dr Chen, Michael Zhiqiang   (Project coordinator)
Co-Investigator(s)
Dr Chen Yong Hua   (Co-Investigator)
Professor Huang Lixi   (Co-Investigator)
Duration
18
Start Date
2014-09-01
Completion Date
2016-02-29
Amount
264600
Conference Title
Presentation Title
Keywords
Inerter-incorporated Vehicle, Suspension Platform for Designing and Prototyping
Discipline
Others - Mechanical, Production and Industrial Engineering
Panel
Engineering
HKU Project Code
InP/111/14
Grant Type
Innovation and Technology Fund Internship Programme
Funding Year
2014/2015
Status
On-going
Objectives
The aim of this project is to build a new suspension design platform. A novel mechanical device (the inerter) will be used in a new design toolset that will then be used to create a series of vehicle suspension platform prototypes incorporating different inerter prototypes powered by different working mechanisms, including rack-and-pinion, hydraulic and mechatronic. The new design process will be implemented using network synthesis tools and optimal decentralised controller design methods, which would then allow multi-objective (ride comfort, road holding, handling, etc.) optimal designs for complete vehicle platforms, ones incorporating inerters, simultaneously for all the suspension struts. A small-scale testing facility will also be built to simulate, test and experimentally evaluate a complete vehicle suspension system (e.g. for a 4-wheel passenger car) designed with our toolset. This testing facility will also be used to validate the functionality and practicality of our suspension platform design tool. Upon successful project completion, this tool can then be applied to myriad vehicle suspension system designs, including those for automotive and railway vehicles, to enhance performance, comfort and safety, which will be of particular benefit to the local and regional vehicle engineering industries. We expect to file one or more patents.