A comparison study of a novel self-contained electro-hydraulic cylinder versus a conventional valve-controlled actuator-part 2: Energy efficiency

Daniel Hagen*, Damiano Padovani, Martin Choux

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Abstract

This research paper presents the second part of a comparative analysis of a novel self-contained electro-hydraulic cylinder with passive load-holding capability against a state of the art, valve-controlled hydraulic system that is typically used in load-carrying applications. After addressing the control design and motion performance in the first part of the study, the comparison is now focused on the systems' energy efficiency. It is experimentally shown that the self-contained solution enables 62% energy savings in a representative working cycle due to its throttleless and power-on-demand nature. In the self-contained drive, up to 77% of the energy taken from the power supply can be used effectively if the recovered energy is reused, an option that is not possible in the state of the art hydraulic architecture. In fact, more than 20% of the consumed energy may be recovered in the self-contained system during the proposed working cycle. In summary, the novel self-contained option is experimentally proven to be a valid alternative to conventional hydraulics for applications where passive load-holding is required both in terms of dynamic response and energy consumption. Introducing such self-sufficient and completely sealed devices also reduces the risk of oil spill pollution, helping fluid power to become a cleaner technology.

Original languageEnglish
Article number78
JournalActuators
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Electro-hydraulic systems
  • Energy efficiency
  • Energy recovery
  • Linear actuators
  • Load-carrying applications
  • Passive load-holding
  • Proportional directional control valves
  • Self-contained cylinders

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