Active suspension systems aim at increasing safety by improving vehicle ride and handling performance while ensuring superior passenger comfort. This paper addresses the influence of the actuator management on the comfort performance of a complete hydraulic active suspension system. An innovative approach, based on nonlinear Model Predictive Control, is proposed and compared to a classical approach that employs a steady-state performance map of the actuator. A simulation analysis shows how taking into account actuator dynamics improves the actuator’s force tracking performance, leading to an improvement of the overall vehicle comfort performance.

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