Tenneco Introduces Scalable Architecture for Electronic Suspension Systems


Tenneco Introduces Scalable Architecture for Electronic Suspension Systems

Company adds intelligent actuator constructions to easily scale semi-active suspension systems up to advanced and fully-active applications

FRANKFURT, Germany--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tenneco Inc. (NYS: TEN) today introduced its "Scalable Architecture" concept for advanced electronic suspension technologies. This uses intelligent actuator constructions to easily scale semi-active suspension systems up to advanced and fully-active applications.

Tenneco's Scalable Architecture concept leverages the power of Tenneco's latest generation of Continuously Variable Semi-Active Suspension systems (CVSA2) whichcontinuously adjust shock absorber damping levels to road conditions and vehicle dynamics like speed, turning, cornering and driver inputs.The system provides optimum driving safety and improves ride smoothness and NVH (noise, vibration and harshness), achieving the optimal balance between ride comfort and handling. Each CVSA2 damper features two internal, independent electro-hydraulic (CES)1 valves developed by Tenneco in conjunction with Öhlins Racing which provide an increased tuning range in rebound and compression motions to reach even higher comfort levels than first generation CVSA dampers featuring external valves.

The CVSA2 system is triggered by a powerful Electronic Control Unit (ECU) designed to exploit the full potential of the electro-hydraulic valving system by processing input data sent by a group of sensors placed at key locations on the vehicle. Further input signals are provided from the in-car network (CAN).

The CVSA2 system uses control software that processes the sensor information regarding steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, brake pressure and other chassis control information and sends signals that independently adjust the damping level of each shock absorber. CVSA2 dampers allow a large separation between maximum and minimum damping levels and adjust instantaneously to ensure the optimum in ride comfort and firm, safe vehicle control.

Using Tenneco's unique Scalable Architecture concept, platforms already equipped with CVSA2 can be easily upgraded with Kinetic H2CES or ACOCAR as an option. The actuator constructions share components, production processes, sensors and ECUs.

Kinetic™ H2 CES is an interconnected passive, reactive system that provides continuously controlled damping and high roll stiffness with reduced articulation stiffness. Vertical tire loads are optimized, resulting in significantly improved on-road traction and performance. The continuously controlled damping works with the "skyhook" principle for body control with additional algorithms for wheel hop, steering, braking and acceleration control.

In the new-generation Kinetic™H2 CES system, the front anti-roll bar, rear anti-roll bar and four shock absorbers have been replaced by four double-acting hydraulic cylinders each with two integrated CES damper valves in each corner, four roll accumulators, local comfort valves, an automatic pressure maintenance unit (APMU) and interconnecting hydraulic lines. The two CES damper valves restrict the flow between the cylinder and accumulators to electronically control roll, bounce and pitch modes, allowing decoupling of transient ride and handling performance. Combined with intelligent control algorithms, these allow independent control of body and wheel motions.

Using the Scalable Architecture concept, Kinetic™H2 CES can easily be implemented as an option on platforms already equipped with the CVSA2. The anti-roll bars are replaced by hydraulic connections between the corners and the system can be extended with a variety of hydraulic ride height systems including discrete lifting, continuous leveling or hydropneumatic, to fully leverage the APMU.

ACOCAR™ is the next generation of advanced and innovative Tenneco suspension systems - a fully active system which provides ultimate comfort for the driver combined with excellent handling.

Hydraulic pumps have been added to the shock absorbers. These bring energy to the suspension, resulting in better control of damping and spring forces. Additionally, oil is constantly circulated through the shock absorbers whose damping valves can each be closed independently to make the car body move up when it would otherwise be moving down and vice versa. In this way the system works to keep the car body flat at all times while controlling wheel movements to improve tire to road contact. The addition of a pump at each corner means the system does not depend on the movement of the wheels to generate damping force. The result is that the ACOCAR™ system controls roll, pitch and heave, therefore providing superior handling, safety and comfort.

Using the Scalable Architecture concept, ACOCAR™ can easily be implemented as an option on platforms already equipped with CVSA2 by replacing the anti-roll bars by electro-hydraulic power packs on each corner. As with Kinetic™H2 CES, the system can be extended with a variety of hydraulic ride height systems including discrete lifting, continuous leveling or hydropneumatic, to fully leverage the APMU.

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About Tenneco

Tenneco is a $7.4 billion global manufacturing company with headquarters in Lake Forest, Illinois and approximately 25,000 employees worldwide. Tenneco is one of the world's largest designers, manufacturers and marketers of clean air and ride performance products and systems for automotive and commercial vehicle original equipment markets and the aftermarket. Tenneco's principal brand names are Monroe®, Walker®, XNOx™ and Clevite®Elastomer.

This press release contains forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipate," "expects," "will", "continue" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations of the company (including its subsidiaries). Because these forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, the company's plans, actions and actual results could differ materially. Among the factors that could cause these plans, actions and results to differ materially from current expectations are: (i) changes in automotive or commercial vehicle manufacturers' production rates and their actual and forecasted requirements for the company's products, including the company's resultant inability to realize the sales represented by its awarded book of business; (ii) any change in customer demand due to delays in the adoption or enforcement of worldwide emissions regulations or any other changes in consumer demand and prices, including decreases in demand for automobiles or commercial vehicles which include the company's products, and the potential negative impact on the company's revenues and margins from such products; (iii) the general political, economic and competitive conditions in markets where the company and its subsidiaries operate; (iv) workforce factors such as strikes or labor interruptions; (v) material substitutions and increases in the costs of raw materials; and(vi) the company's ability to develop and profitably commercialize new products and technologies, and the acceptance of such new products and technologies by the company's customers. The company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release. Additional information regarding risk factors and uncertainties is detailed from time to time in the company's SEC filings, including but not limited to its report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012.

1 CES is a registered trademark of Öhlins Racing AB CORPORATION SWEDEN. All other trademarks, service marks and logos used herein are the trademarks, service marks, or logos of their respective owners.

Tenneco Inc.
Margie Pazikas, 32 (0) 2 706 9025
Michelle Caldwell, 313 418-4692

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