Enhanced fuzzy sliding mode controller for launch control of AMT vehicle using a brushless DC motor drive

Y. S. Zhao, L. P. Chen, Y. Q. Zhang, J. Yang

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Due to the clutch's non-linear dynamics, time-delays, external disturbance and parameter uncertainty, the automated clutch is difficult to control precisely during the launch process for automatic mechanical transmission (AMT) vehicles. In this paper, an enhanced fuzzy sliding mode controller (EFSMC) is proposed to control the automated clutch. The sliding and global stability conditions are formulated and analyzed in terms of the Lyapunov full quadratic form. The chattering phenomenon is handled by using a saturation function to replace the pure sign function and fuzzy logic adaptation system in the control law. To meet the real-time requirement of the automated clutch, the region-wise linear technology is adopted to reduce the fuzzy rules of the EFSMC. The simulation results have shown that the proposed controller can achieve a higher performance with minimum reaching time and smooth control actions. In addition, our data also show that the controller is effective and robust to the parametric variation and external disturbance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383-394
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Automotive Technology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2007



  • AMT
  • Automated clutch
  • Brushless DC motor
  • Fuzzy control
  • Sliding mode control

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