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The need for knowledge and understanding of these systems at the technician level will increase dramatically as other manufacturers develop production systems in the 90's. Current technical literature on the subject of active and semi-active suspension systems does not well explain a major aspect of these systems, the origin and nature of the control algorithms used. A review of 30 articles and technical papers, and a title search of over 300 others discovered only 2 vague presentations of the actual control logic used in such systems. Furthermore, the control information that was printed was presented in terms of Laplace transforms and transfer functions which are third or forth year electrical engineering topics (Miller, 11 November 1991).

The purpose of this paper was to discover the nature of the key control algorithms found in active and semi-active suspension systems and explain them in terms a technician can understand and utilize when investigating such systems.

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Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Technology

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Rex Pershing


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