Robust adaptive control for vehicle active suspension systems with uncertain dynamics

Yingbo Huang, Jing Na, Guanbin Gao, Xing Wu, Yu Guo

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This paper proposes adaptive control for vehicle active suspensions with unknown nonlinear dynamics (e.g., nonlinear spring and piece-wise damper dynamics). An adaptive control is designed to stabilize the altitude of vehicles and to improve the ride comfort, where an augmented neural network is developed to provide the online compensation for the unknown dynamics. A novel adaptive law is proposed to estimate the NN weights and essential model parameters (e.g., mass of vehicle body, inertia for pitch motion). The parameter estimation error is derived and used as a novel leakage term superimposed on the adaptation to guarantee the error convergence. Theoretical studies are provided to address the closed-loop system performance and to compare the novel adaptive law with traditional adaptive laws. The suspension space limitations and dynamic tire loads are also analyzed. Finally, comparative simulations are included to verify the effectiveness of the proposed control.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChinese Control Conference, CCC
PublisherIEEE Computer Society
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9789881563897
Publication statusPublished - 11 Sep 2015
Event34th Chinese Control Conference, CCC 2015 - Hangzhou, China
Duration: 28 Jul 201530 Jul 2015


Conference34th Chinese Control Conference, CCC 2015


  • Active suspension systems
  • adaptive control
  • neural networks
  • parameter estimation


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