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Regenerative Suspension System for HGVs

Regenerative Suspension System for HGVs

Regenerative Suspension System for HGVs

Ok, so im having some trouble modelling a problem mathematically.

I am designing a suspension system for a truck. It will consist of a variable rate spring and a double sided rack and two pinions on roller clutches either side of the rack. The rack and pinion setup will drive a flywheel which will drive a generator. The double sided rack and pinions on roller clutches will make it possible to achieve a uni-directional motion of the flywheel irregardless of there being a positive or negative displacement of the rack. The rack will be attached directly to the axle and it is hoped that the rack and pinion driving a generator will act as the damping for the system.

I am having trouble modelling the system mathematically. I have decided to input a road profile as a sine wave and chose a pinion radius. Mapping the displacement of the rack from its zero position allows me to calculate the rpm of the pinion but I am unsure of how to map the varying torques being transferred to the system from the rack. Here is my initial calculations on excel. These are rough obviously just so i can begin sizing parts.

Any help would be much appreciated, completing this for my final year project and my supervisor is useless.
Best Regards, George

RE: Regenerative Suspension System for HGVs

Yes, you are having some trouble, but I can't figure out what you think it is.
Please ask one specific question.

Mike Halloran
Pembroke Pines, FL, USA

RE: Regenerative Suspension System for HGVs

My problem is calculating the torque transmitted through the system over a period of time; taking into account the restoring force of the spring, the varying acceleration of the vehicle mass as it travels along the road profile

RE: Regenerative Suspension System for HGVs

You need a system model of the generator

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