Model-Based Design and Virtual Testing of Steer-by-Wire Systems

Abstract: Driven by the need for automation and autonomy as well as the need to reduce resources and emissions, the automotive industry is currently undergoing a major transformation. Technologically, this transformation is addressing a wide range of challenges and opportunities. The optimal control of all components is significant for the sustainable development and eco-friendly operation of vehicles. Additionally, robust control of the actuators forms the basis for the development of driver assistance systems and functions for autonomous driving. The actuators of the steering system are particularly important, as they enable safe and comfortable lateral vehicle control. Therefore, the model-based development and virtual simulation of an innovative highly robust control approach for modern Steer-by-Wire systems were conducted in this thesis. The approaches and algorithms described in this thesis allow the design of robust Steer-by-Wire systems and offer the opportunity to conduct many investigations in a computer-aided virtual environment at an early stage in the development process. This reduces time- and cost-intensive testing on prototypes, avoids unnecessary iterations in the design and significantly increases the efficiency and quality of the development. The desired high degree of robustness of the steering control also ensures that the parameterization of the steering feel generator can be freely selected for the individual application. This enables safe and comfortable vehicle lateral control.In summary, the research results described in this thesis accelerate the development of new, modern Steer-by-Wire systems whose robust design forms the basis for the realization of functions for highly automated and autonomous driving.