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In this study, a steady state analysis of step-down converter systems, considering the load losses in the inertance tube and switched valve, is presented. The model describes the behaviour of the average load pressure as a function of the pulse-width modulated duty cycle. The steady state expressions for the load flow rate, high and low supply flow rates, and system efficiency are also discussed. A system prototype was developed and tested to evaluate the model accuracy. The system parameters (e.g. tube diameter and length and switching frequency) were analysed to predict the best system configuration. The study describes how the system efficiency is influenced by these parameters. The model presented allows the ideal parameter combination for maximum efficiency to be determined. It can be used for the preliminary design of switching converters, and a further time or frequency analysis can be performed for system optimization.
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- Department of Mechanical Engineering - Head of Department
- Centre for Power Transmission and Motion Control
- Centre for Autonomous Robotics (CENTAUR)
- Institute for Mathematical Innovation (IMI)
- EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistical Applied Mathematics (SAMBa)
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