LEVERAGING FLOW REGENERATION IN INDIVIDUAL ENERGY-EFFICIENT HYDRAULIC DRIVES

Damiano Padovani*

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Abstract

The current demand for energy efficiency in hydraulics directs towards the replacement of centralized, valve-controlled actuators with individual, throttleless drives. The resulting solutions often require an undesirable sizing of the key components to expand the system's operating region. Using flow regeneration (i.e., shortcutting the actuator's chambers) mitigates this issue. Such an option, already stated for individual drives, lacks an in-depth analysis from the control perspective since the dynamic properties are changed (e.g., the natural frequency is decreased to about 60% of the original value). Therefore, this research paper studies a representative singlepump architecture arranged in a closed-circuit configuration. Linear control techniques are used to understand the system dynamics and design a PI-control algorithm that also adds active damping. The outcomes are validated via high-fidelity simulations referring to a single-boom crane as the study case. The results encompassing diverse scenarios indicate that flow regeneration is only interesting in those applications where the dynamic response is not demanding. In fact, the lower natural frequency reduces the system's bandwidth to about 69% of the original value and affects the closed-loop position tracking drastically. This poor performance becomes evident when medium-to-high actuation velocity is commanded with respect to the maximum value.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of ASME/BATH 2021 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2021
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME)
ISBN (Electronic)9780791885239
DOIs
StatePublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes
EventASME/BATH 2021 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 19 Oct 202121 Oct 2021

Publication series

NameProceedings of ASME/BATH 2021 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2021

Conference

ConferenceASME/BATH 2021 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control, FPMC 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period19/10/2121/10/21

Keywords

  • Displacement control
  • Energy efficiency
  • Flow regeneration
  • Hydraulic system
  • Speed control

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