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Suppression of Burst Oscillations in Racing Motorcycles

Evangelou, S. A., Limebeer, D. J. N. & Tomas-Rodriguez, M. (2013). Suppression of Burst Oscillations in Racing Motorcycles. Journal Of Applied Mechanics, 80(1), pp. 5578-5585. doi: 10.1115/1.4006491


Burst oscillations occurring at high speed, and under firm acceleration, can be suppressed with a mechanical steering compensator. Burst instabilities in the subject racing motorcycle are the result of interactions between the wobble and weave modes under high-speed cornering and firm-acceleration conditions. Under accelerating conditions the wobble-mode frequency (of the subject motorcycle) decreases, while the weave mode frequency increases so that destabilizing interactions can occur. The design analysis is based on a time-separation principle, which assumes that bursting occurs on time scales over which speed variations can be neglected. Even under braking and acceleration conditions linear time-invariant models corresponding to constant-speed operation can be utilized in the design process. The influences of braking and acceleration are modelled using d’Alemberttype inertial forces that are applied at the mass centres of each of the model’s constituent bodies. The resulting steering compensator is a simple mechanical network that comprises a conventional steering damper in series with a linear spring. In control theoretic terms this network is a mechanical lag compensator. A robust control framework was used to optimize the compensator design, because it is necessary to address the inevitable uncertainties in the motorcycle model, as well as the nonlinearities that influence the machine’s local behaviour as the vehicle ranges over its operating envelope.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information:
Subjects: T Technology > TL Motor vehicles. Aeronautics. Astronautics
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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[thumbnail of DRAFT Burst_Osc_Paper.pdf] Text - Accepted Version
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