An experimental study of a prototype active anti-roll suspension system

J. Darling, L. R. Hickson

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Active roll control is known to offer substantial improvements in ride and handling performance over the most sophisticated passive suspension systems. However although many different active suspension systems have been discussed and analysed through simulation little information regarding experimental performance data from a prototype active roll control system has been published. This study focuses on the design, development, commissioning and experimental evaluation of a roll control suspension based on active anti-roll bar actuation. In tests, the prototype vehicle demonstrated excellent steady state and dynamic roll cancellation within the lateral acceleration range of 0.5g. Subjective assessments of the system confirmed the benefits of a level ride together with the added benefit accrued from the elimination of roll dynamics.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-329
Number of pages21
JournalVehicle System Dynamics
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 31 May 1998

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The aulhors would like to thank The Engineering and Physical Science Research Council for their financial support of this project, Vickers Systems Limited for the supply of hydraulic components and The Ford Motor Company for providing vehicle dimensional data.

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Automotive Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanical Engineering


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