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Energies 2017, 10(11), 1742; doi:10.3390/en10111742

Evaluation of Comfort Level and Harvested Energy in the Vehicle Using Controlled Damping

Department of Mechatronics and Robotics, Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, J. Basanavičiaus g. 28, 03224 Vilnius, Lithuania
G-SCOP, Grenoble INP, University Grenoble Alpes, F-38000 Grenoble, France
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Received: 29 September 2017 / Revised: 20 October 2017 / Accepted: 25 October 2017 / Published: 30 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Section Energy Fundamentals and Conversion)
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Shock absorbers allow the damping of suspension vibrations, by dissipating kinetic energy. This energy theoretically can be harvested; however, practical solutions are not easily obtainable. This paper is dedicated to analyzing and evaluating the vibration energy in a vehicle’s suspension that is generated by road excitations. Also, it estimates the possible amount of harvested energy required to diminish accelerations of the vehicle body, the driver, or the passenger center of mass. The control of damper is realized by optimizing the best damping coefficient for different road roughness. Analytical results, obtained from the proposed dynamic model of the car, were compared with experimental data, showing a good coherence between them. These results allow us to evaluate the amount of energy circulating within shock absorbers and give information about the amount of the possible harvested energy. There is a very good relationship between energy needed for control and gained energy. View Full-Text
Keywords: shock absorber; controllable damper; energy harvester shock absorber; controllable damper; energy harvester

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Bucinskas, V.; Mitrouchev, P.; Sutinys, E.; Sesok, N.; Iljin, I.; Morkvenaite-Vilkonciene, I. Evaluation of Comfort Level and Harvested Energy in the Vehicle Using Controlled Damping. Energies 2017, 10, 1742.

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