An experimental study on the use of unstable electrohydraulic valves for control

Qinghui Yuan, Perry Y Li

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Single stage valves have their main spools stroked directly by solenoid actuators. They are cheaper and more reliable. Their use, however, is restricted to low bandwidth and low flow rate applications due to the limitation of the solenoid actuators. In a previous paper, a way proposed to alleviate the need for large solenoids in single stage valves by inducing spool instability using the transient flow forces, hence, improve the spool agility. In this paper, we study the underlying premise that the transient flow forces can be controlled by the "damping length". Models for both steady and transient flow forces that include viscous effects are developed. Various models are analyzed, compared using CFD analysis and correlated to experiments. It was found that the model for the spool dynamics using the various flow force models are consistent with experimental results as long as viscous effects are taken into account. Both magnitude studies and experiments show that "damping lengths" and transient flow forces significantly affect spool agility. CFD studies also indicate that viscosity is an important factor to consider while modeling fluid flow forces.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the American Control Conference
Number of pages6
StatePublished - Sep 6 2002
Event2002 American Control COnference - Anchorage, AK, United States
Duration: May 8 2002May 10 2002

Publication series

NameProceedings of the American Control Conference
ISSN (Print)0743-1619


Other2002 American Control COnference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnchorage, AK


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