The hydraulic load-sensing system is a more efficient system solution than constant pressure system in mobile machine. However, the overall system efficiency for multiple actuators is still low since this centralized hydraulic control system only adapts to the highest load pressure. Therefore, in this article, a distributed hydraulic control system where each function is powered by a hydraulic free piston engine is proposed. Compared with centralized solution, it is more efficient since the power of hydraulic free piston engine is tailored to each function. By integrating small inertia linear engine and pump piston in one unit, the hydraulic free piston engine is an efficient and fast response hydraulic power source. Since the hydraulic free piston engine is essentially a digital hydraulic power source, a digital load-sensing control is proposed in this study. The system architecture, modeling, controller design and performance of the digital hydraulic load-sensing control system are presented. A test bench is developed to verify the system feasibility and performance.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Journal||Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering|
|State||Accepted/In press - 2023|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The author(s) disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship and/or publication of this article: This work was supported in part by the National Key R&D Program of China under Grant 2022YFE0128900, in part by the Zhejiang Provincial Natural Science Foundation under Grant LR22E050003, and in part by the National Natural Science Foundation of China under Grant 51875509 and 52111530069
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- Hydraulic free piston engine
- digital hydraulic load-sensing control system
- distributed hydraulic system
- mobile machine
- motion control