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Experimental Investigation on Swash Plate Axial Piston Pumps With Conical Cylinder Blocks Using Fuzzy Logic Control

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M. K. Bahr Khalil, J. Svoboda, R. B. Bhat

Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Paper No. IMECE2002-39325, pp. 11-18; 8 pages
  • ASME 2002 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluid Power Systems and Technology
  • New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, November 17–22, 2002
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3631-2 | eISBN: 0-7918-1691-5, 0-7918-1692-3, 0-7918-1693-1
  • Copyright © 2002 by ASME


Analytical studies on the dynamic performance of variable displacement swash plate axial piston pumps show that the pump performance can significantly improved by replacing the conventional PD process controller with fuzzy logic controller. Electrically controlled, constant power regulated, swash plate pumps with conical cylinder blocks have been recently extensively studied. Comparative study has been carried out to compare the pump dynamic performance when the conventional PD process controller is replaced by a proposed fuzzy logic one. The study reveals some superior performance characteristics when fuzzy logic controller is used. In the present study an experimental setup is built to measure the dynamic performance of a typical 9-piston pump that has conical shaped cylinder block. The pump is of 40 cc/rev geometrical size, type A4VSO, that is manufactured by Rexroth. The experimental setup consists of a hydraulic test bed interfaced with real time control and data acquisition system. The setup is used firstly for testing the pump static characteristics. Subsequently, the setup is used to measure the time response of the pump, which is equipped with the conventional PD controller, to the stepwise changes in the load pressure. Pump model verification is then discussed based on the comparison between the theoretical and experimental results. The pump is afterwards interfaced with real time control software for prototyping the proposed fuzzy logic controller that replaces the currently used PD one. With the fuzzy logic control, measuring the pump time response under the same loading conditions is repeated. Experimental results are presented, compared with the analytical findings and discussed.

Copyright © 2002 by ASME



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