Optimal Control of Suspension Systems Using Smart Actuators Academic Article uri icon


  • Magnetorheological dampers, which are semi-active devices that use MR fluids to produce controllable forces, can be used as smart actuators to reduce the vibrations of mechanical systems. The advantage of these actuators is the low power input requirements and the high output force they produce. An analytical study is performed in this paper to examine the effectiveness of this type of actuators in suppressing the vibrations of a passenger car suspension system. A half-car model including passenger dynamics subjected to road disturbance is used. Two MR dampers attached to the front and back tires are used as actuators; An optimal control scheme is used to control the overall suspension system such that the vibrations of the passenger seats as well as the chassis of the car are greatly reduced or eliminated. The simulation results show that properly controlled MR dampers are effective means for vibration suppression for passenger cars.

published proceedings

  • ETFA 2001. 8th International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation. Proceedings (Cat. No.01TH8597)

author list (cited authors)

  • Karkoub, M. A., & Zribi, M.

citation count

  • 3

complete list of authors

  • Karkoub, Mansour A||Zribi, Mohamed

publication date

  • January 2001