Range Rover Evoque: Vehicle Dynamic Suspension

Vehicle Dynamic Suspension - Component Location

COMPONENT LOCATION

Range Rover Evoque. Vehicle Dynamic Suspension

  1. RH (right-hand) rear spring and damper assembly
  2. RH rear height sensor
  3. LH (left-hand) rear spring and damper assembly
  4. LH rear height sensor
  5. LH front height sensor
  6. LH front spring and damper assembly
  7. RH front height sensor
  8. RH front spring and damper assembly
  9. Adaptive damping module

Vehicle Dynamic Suspension - Overview

OVERVIEW

Some vehicles are fitted with an adaptive dynamics system, an electronically controlled suspension system that continuously adjusts the damping characteristics of the suspension dampers in reaction to the current driving conditions.

The system is controlled by the ADM (adaptive damping module). The ADM receives signals from four suspension height sensors and from other vehicle systems to determine vehicle state, body and wheel motions, and driver inputs. These signals are used by the ADM to continuously control the damping characteristics of each damper to the appropriate level, to give the optimum body control and vehicle ride.

Vehicle Dynamic Suspension - System Operation and Component Description

Control Diagram

NOTE: A = Hardwired; D = High speed CAN (controller area network) bus.

Range Rover Evoque. Vehicle Dynamic Suspension

  1. Battery
  2. EJB (engine junction box)
  3. RJB (rear junction box)
  4. CJB (central junction box)
  5. ADM
  6. RH (right-hand) front damper
  7. RH rear damper
  8. LH (left-hand) rear damper
  9. LH front damper
  10. ECM (engine control module)
  11. Power steering module
  12. Instrument cluster
  13. TCM (transmission control module)
  14. ABS (anti-lock brake system) module
  15. Driveline control unit
  16. LH rear suspension height sensor
  17. RH rear suspension height sensor
  18. LH front suspension height sensor
  19. RH front suspension height sensor
  20. Terrain response module
  21. Transmission selector

System Operation

PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION

The ADM uses a combination of information from other system modules and data from the height sensors to measure the vehicle and suspension states and driver inputs. Using this information, the ADM applies algorithms to control the dampers for the current driving conditions.

The ADM receives the following signals on the high speed CAN bus from the stated system components:

The ADM also outputs information on the high speed CAN bus for use by other systems as follows:

The ADM monitors the input signals and operates the damper solenoids. The input signals are used in control functions and a force required for each damper, for each function, is calculated. An arbitrator monitors the force requirements from each function and apportions a force to a damper. The force is converted to the appropriate current and sent to the damper.

The control functions are as follows:

Under normal road conditions, when the vehicle is stationary with the engine running, the dampers are set to the lowest damping condition to reduce power consumption.

The ADM receives its power supply via a relay and fuse in the CJB. The relay remains energized for a period of time after the ignition is off. This allows the ADM to record and store any DTC (diagnostic trouble code) relating to adaptive dynamics system faults.

Component Description

DAMPERS

NOTE: Rear damper shown, front damper similar.

Range Rover Evoque. Vehicle Dynamic Suspension

  1. Damper and spring assembly
  2. Damper

The adaptive dynamics dampers are inverted monotube dampers that contain a MR (magneto rheological) fluid, i.e. the flow properties of the fluid change when it is subjected to a magnetic field. This allows the damping force to be electrically adjusted to provide the optimum compromise between vehicle control and ride comfort.

The MR fluid consists of suspended iron particles in a base fluid of synthetic hydrocarbon. When the MR fluid is not magnetized, the iron particles are dispersed randomly to give the MR fluid a mineral-oil-like consistency for low damping forces. When the MR fluid is magnetized, the iron particles align to form fibrous structures and make the MR fluid more viscous to increase the damping forces. The MR fluid can change from the mineral-oil-like consistency used for low damping through to a fibrous consistency for high damping forces, depending on the strength of the magnetic field.

The magnetic field is produced by two coils integrated into the damper piston and connected to the ADM via a fly-lead and an external electrical connector. When energized by the ADM, the coils produce magnetic fields in the RM fluid as it flows through passageways in the damper piston from the high pressure side to the low pressure side. The coils are energized by a 30 kHz PWM (pulse width modulation) signal from the ADM. The ADM continuously varies the signals to independently increase and decrease the damping of each damper as required. The current is varied between 0 A (lowest damping force) and 5 A (highest damping force).

Sectioned View of Damper

Range Rover Evoque. Vehicle Dynamic Suspension

  1. Dividing piston
  2. Damper piston
  3. Rod
  4. Seal pack
  5. Bump plate
  6. Electrical connector
  7. Spring aid
  8. Reservoir tube
  9. Solenoids
  10. Strut rod

SUSPENSION HEIGHT SENSORS

Range Rover Evoque. Vehicle Dynamic Suspension

Four suspension height sensors are used in the adaptive dynamics system, two for the front suspension and two for the rear suspension. A front suspension height sensor is attached to a bracket on each side of the front subframe and connected by a sensor arm and sensor link to the related lower arm of the front suspension. A rear suspension height sensor is attached to a bracket on each side of the rear subframe and connected by a sensor arm and sensor link to the related rear transverse link of the rear suspension. On each suspension height sensor, the sensor arm and sensor link convert linear movement of the suspension into rotary movement of the sensor shaft.

The suspension height sensors are single track units, except on vehicles with automatic headlamp levelling, where the RH sensors are twin track units.

NOTE: Vehicles without adaptive damping, but with automatic headlamp levelling, only have two suspension height sensors, which are single track units installed on the RH side.

The suspension height sensors measure suspension displacement at each corner of the vehicle and output a corresponding analogue signal to the ADM. The algorithms in the ADM calculate the position, velocity and frequency content of the signals and use the results for individual wheel control.

Each suspension height sensor is connected to the ADM via three wires, which supply ground, 5 V supply and signal return.

Each sensing element consists of an array of Hall effect devices arranged to measure the direction of the magnetic field of a small magnet attached to the end of the sensor shaft. As the sensor shaft rotates, so do the lines of magnetic flux from the attached magnet. The signals from each of the Hall effect elements are processed by means of a dedicated integrated circuit, to generate an output voltage that varies as the sensor shaft is rotated. The sensor has a measurement range of +- 40

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