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Dynamic analysis of hydraulic systems - Library of hydraulic elements and math models

Library of hydraulic elements and their mathematical models

The kind of the equations of base hydraulic elements depends, generally, on the assumptions accepted at decision of specific problems. As in this case we consider methods of computer-aided dynamic calculation, described by two basic features: automatic forming of mathematical model by a choice of necessary equations from the general library of mathematical models and construction on a basis of it programs of mass using oriented to application for hydraulic systems of arbitrary kind, it was necessary to choose from the big number of available models of elements the most common models, comprehensible to the decision as more as possible the broad audience of problems. Therefore for some hydraulic elements described with a various degree of detailed elaboration (pipeline, local resistance), the special researches [1] have been carried out by the author. The purpose of these researches was the comparative analysis of applied models for estimation of a degree of their adequacy at various external influences and parameters. As a result for mathematical description of hydraulic elements chosen as base ones the mathematical models reduced below have been accepted into which the following designations are entered: р – pressure; Q – flow; M – torque moment. Indexation of variables is made according to numbers of nodes in which the given variable (Fig. 1) operates.

The library of equations of hydraulic elements reduced below basically can suppose their various mathematical descriptions under condition of preservation of the concept of a three-node element.

Pump. For the pump description it is enough to write down the equation of moments on a shaft (node k) and equations of flows in input (node i) and output (node j) in view of volumetric losses. Thus non-uniformity of the pump flow owing to kinematic features and compressibility of working fluid in sucking and pressure head cavities is not considered. In view of the accepted assumptions the pump mathematical model looks like [1, 2]:

,       (3)

где  q– maximal geometric volume of pump;  f (q) –parameter of regulation; – 1≤  f (q) 1;

ωs – angular speed of diesel engine shaft; аω , ар , а – coefficients of pump hydro mechanical losses depending on angular speed, pressure, and constant of hydro mechanical losses; ue – transfer number of gear between an engine and a pump; klea– coefficient of pump volumetric losses (leakages); for Qi , pi the sign "plus" is accepted, for Qj , pj – the sign "minus". Values аω , ар , а , klea  get out under the catalogue or from passport characteristics of mechanical and volumetric efficiency of the certain standard size pump. The hydro mechanical losses depending on pressure, are calculated on the module for an opportunity of consideration of brake modes and flow reversing (when f (q)<0).

Hydraulic motor. The mathematical model of hydraulic motor should to describe its dynamics (the equation of moments in node k, resolved relatively angular acceleration and written down in a normal form), and also the equations of flows in input (node i) and output (node j) in view of volumetric losses. Without taking into account non-uniformity of flow (it is similar to pump) the equations of the hydraulic motor look like [1, 2]:


where  ωk – angular speed of the hydraulic motor shaft;  Jm – moment of inertia of the hydraulic motor in view of rotating masses of working mechanism;  q– the hydraulic motor maximal geometric volume; f (q) – parameter of regulation; – 1≤  f (q) 1;  Мl – loading moment; bω , bр , b – coefficients of hydraulic motor hydro mechanical losses depending on angular speed, pressure, and constant of hydro mechanical losses; umech – transfer number of the working mechanism gear; klea– coefficient of hydraulic motor volumetric losses (leakages); for Qi , pi the sign "plus" is accepted, for  Qj , pj– the sign "minus". As well as for a pump, values bω , bр , b , klea  choose under the catalogue or from passport characteristics of mechanical and volumetric efficiency of the certain standard size hydraulic motor. Hydro mechanical losses in the equation of the moments are written down in view of a shaft rotation direction (sign ωk) and opportunities of consideration of a brake mode | pipj |.

Hydraulic cylinder. Dynamics of hydraulic cylinder is described by the equations of progressive motion of piston (node k) at action of pressure, external loading, forces of friction and the equations of flows on input (node i) and output (node j) in view of compressibility of fluid in cavities of the cylinder. On a basis of the standard assumption about absence of leakages in hydraulic cylinder with rubber and other soft seals the equations of the hydraulic cylinder dynamics look like [1, 2]:


where  vk  – speed of the piston moving; т – mass of the hydraulic cylinder mobile parts reduced to a rod;   – the piston working area in cavity  I  adjoining node  i  (here  Dc– diameter of cylinder;  Di– diameter of rod in cavity  I );  – the piston working area in cavity  I  adjoining node  j  (here  Dj– diameter of rod in cavity II );  h – coefficient of viscous friction; R – force of friction in seals at absence of pressure;  R– force on the rod; – the full piston stroke.

Coefficients of proportionality between pressures in cavities I (node i) and II (node j) and force of friction in cylinder seals:

k= π f (Dc + Di ) H / 2,       k= π f (Dc + Dj ) H / 2,

and coefficients of elasticity of cavities with working fluid:

k= (ΔV+ z Fi ) / E ,       k= [ΔV+ (Lz) Fj ] / E ,

where f – coefficient of seal friction on the cylinder surface; H – height of seal; ΔV and  ΔV  «dead» volumes of cavities I  and  II E reduced volumetric module of elasticity of a cavity with  a fluid:

E =,

here– volumetric module of elasticity of working fluid;– thickness of the cylinder wall; an elasticity module of the cylinder wall material.

Hereinafter a function of dry friction  f (vk) is written down for brevity in the form of Rsign vk . Actually, if to write down the equation of movement in a general view:

m= Pf (vk ),

where P – moving force, a function of dry friction f (vk) will be defined as follows [2]:

Such model of friction describes presence of stagnation zone at zero speed of a mobile part, for example, at starting.

Pipeline. For description of dynamic processes in pipeline with a fluid the mathematical model with the concentrated parameters in input (node i) and output (node j) of pipeline, taking place at the following conditions is used:

 - wave processes are not considered;

 - losses of pressure on length depend on average value of flows in input and output;

 - inertial component of a working fluid is not considered.

Then the mathematical model of pipeline with a fluid looks like [1, 2]:


где  kcoefficient of elasticity of pipeline with a fluid;  – coefficient of pressure losses on length of pipeline,  – density of working fluid.

 = ,

here  d и  L– diameter and length of pipeline;  E reduced volumetric module of elasticity of a pipeline with  a fluid:

E =,

где    – volumetric module of elasticity of working fluid; δ –  thickness of the pipeline wall;   Е – elasticity module of the pipeline material.

 here Re = 2 | Qi + Qj | / (d) – Reynolds's number,  – kinematic viscosity of a fluid.

Deadlock site of pipeline (cavity). For a deadlock site of pipeline losses of pressure on length can be neglected, and then its equations of dynamics become:


where   coefficient of elasticity of deadlock pipeline with a fluid.


here  d and  L – diameter and length of deadlock pipeline;  E reduced volumetric module of elasticity of a pipeline with  a fluid:

E =,

where Е – volumetric module of elasticity of working fluid; δd – thickness of deadlock pipeline wall;  Е – elasticity module of the pipeline material.

Local resistance (throttle). Flow of fluid through a throttle is connected with pressure difference in input (node i) and output (node j) by known dependence [1, 2]:


where  – flow coefficient,  = (here – coefficient of hydraulic resistance; – throttle through passage section area.

Use of flows equation (9) often is as the reason of instability of computing process because of aspiration to infinity of a derivative of a square root in zero (it takes place at small differences of pressures). The equation (9) defines the flow through a throttle in established mode of current of a fluid and, hence, does not consider inertial properties of  fluid. More precisely dependence of flow through a throttle is expressed by the differential equation [3]:


where  l  – length of a fluid column in local resistance; besides for brevity of records here it is designated: .

However the equation (10) is of little use for practical use. The matter is that the length l of a fluid column is defined not only constructive length of local resistance, but also length of a zone of unsteady current in output of throttle ("torch"), to define which even by experimental is very difficultly. Besides at consideration of adjustable throttle there are difficulties of computing character connected with discontinuity of the right part of the equation (10) at = 0. In work [1] it has been shown, that (10) without essential errors it is possible to replace the linearized equation relative to Q with the differential equation:


which is deprived the specified lacks and asymptotic solution of which coincides with the solution of equation (9). Here B – the parameter considering inertia of a fluid column and depending on l and some other values (has dimension of time).

The equations of flows for other kinds of local resistance (tees, valves, pilot operated check valves, directional control valves) are similar to the equations (11).

Tee (divider or adder of flows). The equations of flows in tee nodes  i jk  at division of flow look like [1, 2]:


where   – flow coefficient in tee branches i j , i k= (here – coefficients of hydraulic resistances of tee branches i j , i k );  – through passage section areas in tee nodes  j  and  k . The equations at summation of flows are similar (12), but have other values of flow coefficients. The assumption, that coefficients of hydraulic resistances at change of direction of flow do not vary, is accepted.


The direct action valve is described by equations of movement of locking-regulating element (node k) and equations of flows (nodes i and j) [1, 2]:


where  vk – speed of movement of locking-regulating element; m – mass of valve moving part; Fi  and  Fj – working areas of locking-regulating element from pressure head and drain lines; h – coefficient of viscous friction; Rfr – force of dry friction; с –rigidity of spring; – preliminary compression of  spring; – stroke of locking-regulating element;– area of through passage section of throttle connected in parallel to the valve; – average diameter of throttling crack of the valve;  – angle of the valve cone; В – parameter considering inertia of a fluid column.

These equations concern to pressure relief and check valves. The corresponding equations for reducing valve have insignificant differences. In the equations (13) a hydro dynamical force which essential influences only on static characteristic of valve [2] is not considered.

The indirect action valve can be presented in the form of two elements: a main valve with nodes r, s, t and a pilot valve with nodes i,  j, k. If node j is general for both valves, i.e. s = j then mathematical model of the indirect action valve looks like [1, 2]:


where  vk , zk – speed and displacement of locking-regulating element of pilot valve; vt , zt – speed and displacement of locking-regulating element of main valve;  т  and  М  – masses of moving parts of pilot and main valves;   – working areas of locking-regulating element of pilot valve from pressure head and drain lines; – working areas of locking-regulating element of main valve from pressure head line and cavity between the valves; h and H – coefficients of viscous friction of pilot and main valves; – forces of friction in pilot and main valves;  с  and  С – rigidity of springs of pilot and main valves;  preliminary compression of springs of pilot and main valves; stroke of mobile parts of pilot and main valves; G – conductivity of orifice aperture of main valve;  average diameters of throttling cracks of pilot and main valves; angles of cone of pilot and main valves;

Hydraulic accumulator. For the description of dynamics of hydro pneumatic or spring accumulator it is necessary to write down equations of piston (membrane) movement in node k, equation of pressure in input (node i) and equation of polytropic process in a gas cavity (node j) [1, 2]:


where  т  – mass of a mobile part of hydraulic accumulator; F = D/ 4 – working area of piston; D – diameter of piston;  h – coefficient of viscous friction; с – rigidity of spring;  z– preliminary compression of spring;  – force of friction at absence of pressure;  – coefficient of proportionality between force of friction and pressure in working cavity;  f – coefficient of seal friction on a surface of cylinder; Н – seal height; V – general volume of accumulator;  k– coefficient of elasticity of a cavity with fluid:

k= (ΔV+ z F ) / E ,

here ΔV– «dead» volume of  cavity with fluid; E reduced volumetric module of elasticity of  cavity with  fluid:

E = ,

here  Е – volumetric module of elasticity of working fluid; – thickness of the accumulator wall; Е – module of elasticity of the accumulator wall material;  – pressure of charged gas;  n – exponent of polytropic process;  – atmospheric pressure.

Power regulator is intended for maintenance of constancy of power selected from engine pQ = const. Actually, power regulator provides a constancy of value: p·f (q) = const in the certain working range of pump. However, considering, that, where qp is practically constant, it is possible to speak, that power regulator provides constant selection of power from engine. The static characteristic of power regulator (Fig. 2) looks like piecewise linear function approximating hyperbolic dependence of pump working volume from pressure: pf (q) = const. In practice it is carried out by means of selection of springs for the 1-st and the 2-nd branches of power regulator characteristic (accordingly, AO and ОD, Fig. 2).


Fig. 2. Static characteristic of power regulator


Then power regulator is described by the following system of equations [1, 2]:


where т – mass of mobile part of power regulator;  А – coefficient considering for axial-piston pumps the additional moment, acting to swinging unit; F – working area of plunger under pressure of each of two pipelines;– force of preliminary compression of  spring; Rfr – force of friction;  – rigidities of springs; – stroke of plunger on the 1-st branch of power regulator characteristic;  h – coefficient of viscous friction; – maximal stroke of power regulator plunger.

Pilot operated check valve. Pilot operated check valves are used for fixing and control of lowering of working bodies which are being under action of external loadings, in hydraulic systems of building machines (cranes, loaders, winches). On Fig. 3 simplified circuit of pilot operated check valve and diagram of its connection in hydraulic system is shown. At submission of fluid 1 in cavity under valve 3 it works as usual check valve, passing flow of working fluid to hydraulic cylinder. At submission of fluid 1 under piston of pusher 2 it compulsorily opens the valve, providing passage of flow through throttle from of hydraulic cylinder at piston lowering. On the scheme indexes ij , designate nodes accordingly of input, output and moving of valve, and by indexes rs, t  – nodes accordingly of input, output and moving of pusher. Pilot operated check valves are issued in two modifications: with general drain of pusher and valve (in this case r = i) and with separate drain (then ri ).

 Fig. 3. Pilot operated check valve and its connection in hydraulic system.


Depending on, whether there are pusher and valve in contact or not, dynamics of pilot operated check valve is described by two various mathematical models. In the time moment of contact occurrence when pusher starts to influence the valve, there is their impact that leads to necessity of correction of coordinates according to existing dependences of theory of shock systems.

At absence of contact of pusher and valve dynamics of pilot operated check valve is described by the following system of equations [1, 2, 4]:


where т  and  М – masses of valve and pusher;  – working areas of valve and pusher in input ( i, r ) and output ( j, s ); – forces of friction of valve and pusher;  h – coefficient of viscous friction;  с , z0 – rigidity and preliminary compression of spring;  l  and  L – maximal stroke of valve and pusher;  – flow coefficient, diameter of crack and angle of valve cone.

At approach of pusher and valve contact, when

,        (18)

and at absence of impact both bodies move in common, therefore their movement is described by the system of equations:


where х0 – initial clearance between pusher and valve.

The given model is incomplete as, considering great speeds and geometry of mobile parts which contact can be considered as the central impact of elastic cores, would be incorrect to consider, that at performance of conditions (18) the system instantly passes from condition described by the equations (17) in condition, described by the equations (19). It speaks about necessity of introduction of transitive shock mode model.

It is possible to apply formulas of classical hypothesis of impact to considered shock system "pusher-valve". Let before impact body in mass of m had speed, and body in mass of M had speed; then speeds of these bodies after impact (accordingly) will be equal


where  – coefficient of restoration.

Preliminary computations of the accepted shock model at k = –0.5 have shown, that arising high-frequency shock fluctuations of valve concerning pusher have enough small amplitude, and besides, as a result of their attenuation there comes such moment when values of rebounds can be neglected, considering pusher and valve «agglutinate» [see equations (19)]. Therefore impact of pusher about valve as a result has been accepted not elastic (coefficient of restoration k = 0). After impact recalculation of pusher and valve speeds from formulas (20) is made at k = 0, i.e. speeds of both bodies are accepted equal to speed of their center of masses, and the further movement is considered as joint.

Directional control valve. Directional control valve represents a complex of local resistances formed by its channels and connecting nodes adjoining them r and s. Flow through each such local resistance is expressed by equation similar to the equation (11):


where  – area of through passage section of directional control valve channel connecting nodes r and s in function of moving of spool  z , which maximal value it is equal to (here– conditional pass diameter).

In intermediate position of spool channels can be crossed in one node in which, hence, there will be a summation or division of flows of working fluid. Therefore flows in nodes belonging simultaneously various channels of directional control valve, turn out summation of flows through corresponding channels converging in given node. Hence,


where  i , … , m – numbers of directional control valve nodes; flows in nodes i , … , m  of directional control valve;  are defined by equations of kind (21).

Change of through passage sections of channels of directional control valve can be approximated, for example, by trapezoidal characteristic, unequivocally defined by four positions of spool:  (Fig. 4):


Fig. 4. Dependence of through passage section area of channel on spool displacement.



Diesel engine with a centrifugal regulator. Dynamics of diesel engine with a centrifugal regulator is described by equation of torque moments on the engine shaft (node j) and equation of regulator muff movement (node k) [1]:


where  reduced to diesel engine shaft moment of inertia of rotating details (here  – moment of inertia of diesel engine; – moment of inertia of pump;   – transfer number of  diesel engine gear);  – diesel engine characteristic approximated by finite set of points  – increment of torque moment at maximal fuel feed; – constant parameters of  diesel engine regulator adjustment; – loading moment of pump reduced to diesel engine shaft; – coefficient of viscous friction in diesel engine regulator; – transfer ratio of regulator drive; с, F – rigidity and force of preliminary compression of spring; – maximal stroke of regulator muff.

Wheel (wheel carrier). For carrying out of tractive-dynamic calculations of hydraulic volumetric transmissions of self-propelled wheel machines it is necessary to consider wheel (wheel движитель) as one of base elements – Fig. 1. Indexes i , j , k  designate on the scheme accordingly nodes of input (power shaft of wheel), output (point of contact of wheel with road) and moving of machine. The considered here model of wheel carrier describes rigid communication of wheel with the hydraulic motor, i.e. possible elastic deformations of gear and shaft between hydraulic motor and wheel are not considered.

Fig. 5. To conclusion of equations of dynamics of wheel.

а – simplified diagram, b – slipping curve, в – deformation of tire.


In view of the accepted assumptions mathematical model of dynamics of a wheel (wheel carrier), Fig. 5а, looks like: 


where  М i – wheel moment in view of losses in gear; М n – moment reduced to shaft of hydraulic motor; – wheel traction reaction (circular force);  r – dynamic radius of wheel; – efficiency and transfer number of wheel gear;  angular speeds of hydraulic motor shaft and wheel;  tangential rigidity of tire; slipping function (Fig. 5b); mass, speed, displacement and total force of resistance to machine moving; N – number of driven wheels (axes).

In established mode wheel circular force R is connected with relative slipping by the dependence [1, 6]:




Here ω – wheel angular speed; v – speed of machine progressive movement (node k, Fig. 1).

Value of dynamic radius of wheel r depends on static deflection of wheel under loading and dynamic change of wheel deflection y (t), depending on mass falling an axis, rigidity and damping of tires, roughnesses of road structure. In our case it is possible to consider y (t) as external influence. Then


where  – free radius of wheel;  component of machine weight, falling axis;  radial rigidity of tire.

In unsteady mode the dependence (26), having static character, should be replaced by dynamic model. For this purpose we’ll take advantage offered in [5] technique, according to which wheel circular force R is function of longitudinal deformation  of tire (Fig. 5c), and also compression of fibers running against. After of some transformations [2] we’ll finally receive the dynamic model of wheel district force R: 


In established mode and then


i.e. in established mode slipping function is equal to relative slipping of wheel [compare equations (29) – (30) to equations (26) – (27)]. Thus, the mathematical model of wheel (wheel carrier) consists of equations (25) and (30).

Elements of control systems (typical linear dynamic parts of automatic control). In control systems of volumetric hydraulic drive various physical devices are used: hydraulic, electromagnetic, electro hydraulic, etc. Therefore at solution of dynamics problems of hydraulic systems it is necessary to simulate various by nature systems of control and regulation. The majority of them is well described by means of typical linear dynamic parts of automatic control [7], to which the following links are related:

  1) an ideal intensifying (no inertial) link – an adder;

  2) the 1-st order aperiodic (inertial) link;

  3) the 2-nd order aperiodic link;

  4) an oscillatory link;

  4a) a conservative link (a special case of an oscillatory link);

  5) an ideal integrating link;

  6) an inertial integrating link;

  7) an ideal differentiating link;

  8) an ideal link with introduction of derivative;

  9) an inertial differentiating link;

10) the 2-nd order dynamic link (the general case).

Mathematical models of the listed linear dynamic links are written in the form of ordinary differential equations, instead of in operational form (in the form of transfer functions) as transient processes are interested for us in time area, instead of in frequency area.

Generally the 2-nd order linear dynamic link is described by the equation:


where  signals on input of the link; their time derivatives;  х – signal on output of the link; coefficients of the equation.

For all other types of dynamic links their equations are received as special cases (31):

   an ideal intensifying (no inertial) link – an adder:


    the 1-st order aperiodic (inertial) link:


    the 2-nd order (aperiodic or oscillatory) link:


    a conservative link:


    an ideal integrating link:


    an inertial integrating link:


    an ideal differentiating link:


    an ideal link with introduction of derivative:


    an inertial differentiating link:


Thus, all typical linear links can be incorporated in one generalized element LINK (the identifier of this element in library of base elements) with nodes i  (input),  j  (output),  k  (an additional input for the link – adder). Considering specificity of hydraulic systems, in the right parts of equations of dynamic links as entrance signals pressures can be added:


Conditions, restrictions, comments. It is necessary to add the resulted equations of linear dynamic links by some restrictions reflecting physical properties of variables, and also some design features of devices (for example, detents of mobile parts).

As in the equations superfluous pressure is considered, performance of the conditions is necessary:



where – atmospheric pressure;  – flows in input and output of considered cavity;  – coefficient of elasticity of cavity with  fluid.

In some real elements movement z of mobile parts is limited by detents. Such nonlinearity can be written in the form of inequalities:




where L – maximal value of movement z ; А – right part of the differential equation resolved respect to В – right part of the differential equation resolved respect to .

Let's notice, that the equations for definition of pressure are included into the description of those elements which contain significant in comparison with other elements volumes of working fluid (for example, hydraulic cylinders, pipelines, including deadlock, hydraulic accumulators). Therefore these elements in simplified diagram should be divided by other hydraulic devices in which compressibility of fluid can be neglected and which equations serve for definition of flows (for example, hydraulic cylinder cavity and pipeline, hydraulic accumulator and pipeline, or two consistently connected pipelines, should be divided by throttle or local resistance that does not contradict physical sense). It allows to receive the closed system of equations for definition of pressure and flows in junctions of hydraulic elements.

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