Modelling and analysis of hydraulic step-down switching converters

Victor de Negri, Marcos Nostrani, Pengfei Wang, David Johnston, Andrew Plummer

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)111-121
JournalInternational Journal of Fluid Power
Issue number2
Early online date28 Jul 2015
Publication statusPublished - 2015


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