Optimization of suspension parameters with respect to comfort and road holding is a challenging issue for solar-powered cars, due to in-wheel electric engines on very light vehicles, carrying payloads which can exceed their total mass. The solar-powered car considered in this study was designed and manufactured for racing by the University of Bologna; with a mass of 300 kg and a payload of 320 kg due to four occupants, using 5 m2 of monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic panel on the roof, 64 kg of lithium-ion batteries and two electric engines coupled directly to the rear wheels, it can achieve either a range of 600 km at cruising speed, or velocity peaks of 120 km/h. In this contribution, equivalent vertical stiffness and equivalent damping coefficients are optimized for both axles, achieving results that in terms of comfort and road holding are comparable to those of standard passenger cars.

First assessment on suspension parameter optimization for a solar-powered vehicle

Minak G.
2019

Abstract

Optimization of suspension parameters with respect to comfort and road holding is a challenging issue for solar-powered cars, due to in-wheel electric engines on very light vehicles, carrying payloads which can exceed their total mass. The solar-powered car considered in this study was designed and manufactured for racing by the University of Bologna; with a mass of 300 kg and a payload of 320 kg due to four occupants, using 5 m2 of monocrystalline silicon photovoltaic panel on the roof, 64 kg of lithium-ion batteries and two electric engines coupled directly to the rear wheels, it can achieve either a range of 600 km at cruising speed, or velocity peaks of 120 km/h. In this contribution, equivalent vertical stiffness and equivalent damping coefficients are optimized for both axles, achieving results that in terms of comfort and road holding are comparable to those of standard passenger cars.
2019
Sorrentino S.; De Felice A.; Grosso P.; Minak G.
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