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A Simulation Model of a Hydraulic Buck Converter Based on a Mixed Time Frequency Domain Iteration

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Helmut Kogler, Rudolf Scheidl, Michael Ehrentraut

Johannes Kepler University, Linz, Austria

Paper No. FPMC2013-4409, pp. V001T01A006; 10 pages
  • ASME/BATH 2013 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • ASME/BATH 2013 Symposium on Fluid Power and Motion Control
  • Sarasota, Florida, USA, October 6–9, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluid Power Systems and Technology Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5608-6
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


Digital hydraulics is an opportunity to realize simple, robust, cheap and energy efficient hydraulic drives. In such systems digital on/off valves are used instead of proportional valves. Moreover, in hydraulic switching converters the valves are actuated within a few milliseconds, which create sharp pressure changes and, in turn, significant wave propagation effects in the pipe system. For a proper design of digital hydraulic systems a sound understanding of these effects is required to achieve the desired behavior of the switching drive system. In such converters, like the buck-, boost or boost-buck-converter, the inductance is one crucial component. It is realized by a simple pipe mainly for cost reasons. Furthermore, switching converters contain some components with nonlinear characteristics, like valves or accumulators, which prevent a comprehensive analysis in frequency domain. For a convenient analysis a qualified model of a hydraulic buck converter based on a mixed time frequency domain iteration is presented. Main parameters of this model are identified and wave propagation effects in the inductance pipe of the converter are investigated by simulation.

Copyright © 2013 by ASME



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