This paper describes the application of electronics to the control of the rear suspension of a motorcycle. The aim of the system is to make the suspension work around its optimal operating point, so that the safety and comfort of the vehicle can be improved. In fact, variations of the load carried by the vehicle determine a change of the suspension spring compression that moves the operating point away from the optimal value. Spring compression can also be changed by varying the suspension preload. The electronic system described here reveals load changes and automatically adjusts the motorcycle suspension preload in order to compensate the load variation and keep the suspension to its optimal operating point. The system is based on a linear position sensor that monitors the actual stroke of the suspension and a microcontroller that executes the control algorithm and drives the preload actuator. Road tests carried out on a motor scooter equipped with the system show its correct functionality and demonstrate the achievement of a better operation of the suspension with simple hardware and cost affordable for the two-wheel market.
|Autori:||Baronti F; Lenzi F; Roncella R; Saletti R; Di Tanna O|
|Titolo:||Electronic control of a motorcycle suspension for preload self-adjustment|
|Anno del prodotto:||2008|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1109/TIE.2008.925643|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|