This paper presents the design and validation of an experimental test rig for direct visual and analytic comparison of fully active and semi-active suspension control algorithms using electromagnetic actuation. A linear mathematical model simulation of the test rig is presented, as well as experimental validation test results comparing passive against fully active and semi-active skyhook control algorithms. A variety of fully active and semi-active vibration control methods have been developed for primary suspensions. Our goal is to provide a development platform in which new algorithms can easily be implemented, in a cost effective manner on a physical system, and compared against existing algorithms to determine the performance characteristics of each. This platform will provide a standard of evaluation in which multiple control algorithms can be tested, and will help to simplify the design process.

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