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Coordinate Control of Energy-Saving Programmable Valves

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Song Liu, Bin Yao

Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

Paper No. IMECE2003-42668, pp. 123-131; 9 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Fluid Power Systems and Technology
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3717-3 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


The energy-saving programmable valve, a unique combination of five independent cartridge valves, not only decouples the control of meter-in and meter-out flows but also provides the ability of precisely controlling cross-port flows for energy-saving purpose. Our previous works have already shown that the tremendous control flexibility gained by the proposed hardware re-configuration enables one not only to achieve precision control of the cylinder motion but also to decrease the energy usage significantly through actively utilizing the potential and kinetic energy of the load in accomplishing certain tasks such as smooth stopping. However, the control of such an essentially multi-input valve system to achieve the above objectives is far from trivial. In our previous works, a constant off-side pressure was assumed in the controller design for simplicity. This assumption may not be realistic in certain circumstances where the off-side pressure may vary from the assumed constant pressure significantly, especially right after the change of working mode. As a result, though the controller design is simplified, larger tracking error results during the transients. This paper presents an improved way to coordinately control the five independent valves by incorporating the off-side pressure dynamics into the controller design. The Adaptive Robust Control technique is applied to guarantee the stability and tracking performance in the presence of large system parameter variations and disturbances. Simulation and experimental results are shown to verify the much improved control performance of the presented coordinate control strategy.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Valves



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