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Free Piston Engine Based Mobile Fluid Power Source

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Keyan Liu, Chen Zhang, Zongxuan Sun

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Paper No. DSCC2016-9724, pp. V002T17A004; 8 pages
  • ASME 2016 Dynamic Systems and Control Conference
  • Volume 2: Mechatronics; Mechatronics and Controls in Advanced Manufacturing; Modeling and Control of Automotive Systems and Combustion Engines; Modeling and Validation; Motion and Vibration Control Applications; Multi-Agent and Networked Systems; Path Planning and Motion Control; Robot Manipulators; Sensors and Actuators; Tracking Control Systems; Uncertain Systems and Robustness; Unmanned, Ground and Surface Robotics; Vehicle Dynamic Controls; Vehicle Dynamics and Traffic Control
  • Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, October 12–14, 2016
  • Conference Sponsors: Dynamic Systems and Control Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5070-1
  • Copyright © 2016 by ASME


As a novel alternative of internal combustion engine (ICE), the free piston engine (FPE) eliminates the mechanical crankshaft and the associated constraints on its piston motion. Due to this extra degree of freedom and reduced inertia, the FPE is able to generate variable output power with higher efficiency and less emissions, while possessing a short response time. Hence, a hydraulic FPE (HFPE), which combines the FPE with a linear hydraulic pump, is a promising candidate as a fluid power source, especially for mobile applications. In this paper, such potential is investigated. The working principle of a prototype HFPE as a fluid power source is described and a comprehensive HFPE model is developed. Two novel control methods are proposed to regulate the output flow rate at any given load pressure so as to realize throttle-less fluid power control. Effectiveness of these two methods are demonstrated through simulation, where results clearly show the effectiveness of both methods in providing different output flow rates at given load pressure, thus demonstrating the HFPE’s capability as an efficient and flexible mobile fluid power source.

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