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4-Way Directional Valve H

Configuration H of hydraulic continuous 4-way directional valve

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Description

The 4-Way Directional Valve H block simulates a configuration of hydraulic continuous 4-way directional valve. Ports A and B are connected to port P in the left valve position. In the right position, port P is connected to port B, while port A is connected to port T. In neutral position, port P is connected to port T to unload the pump. The fluid is pumped in the valve through the inlet line P and is distributed between two outside hydraulic lines A and B (usually connected to a double-acting actuator) and the return line T. The block has four hydraulic connections, corresponding to inlet port (P), actuator ports (A and B), and return port (T), and one physical signal port connection (S), which controls the spool position. The block is built of six Variable Orifice blocks, connected as shown in the following diagram.

All Variable Orifice blocks are controlled by the same position signal, provided through the physical signal port S, but the Orifice orientation parameter in the block instances is set in such a way that positive signal at port S opens the orifices colored blue in the block diagram (orifices P-B2, P-A, and T1-T) and closes the orifices colored yellow (orifices P-B1, P-T1, and A-T). As a result, the openings of the orifices are computed as follows:

hPB1=hPB10x

hPB2=hPB20+x

hPT1=hPT10x

hT1T=hT1T0+x

hPA=hPA0+x

hAT=hAT0x

where

hPB1Orifice opening for the Variable Orifice P-B1 block
hPB2Orifice opening for the Variable Orifice P-B2 block
hPT1Orifice opening for the Variable Orifice P-T1 block
hT1TOrifice opening for the Variable Orifice T1-T block
hPAOrifice opening for the Variable Orifice P-A block
hATOrifice opening for the Variable Orifice A-T block
hPB10Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-B1 block
hPB20Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-B2 block
hPT10Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-T1 block
hT1T0Initial opening for the Variable Orifice T1-T block
hPA0Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-A block
hAT0Initial opening for the Variable Orifice A-T block
xControl member displacement from initial position

For information on the block parameterization options, basic parameter descriptions, assumptions and limitations, global and restricted parameters, see the 4-Way Directional Valve block reference page.

Dialog Box and Parameters

Basic Parameters Tab

Model parameterization

Select one of the following methods for specifying the valve:

  • By maximum area and opening — Provide values for the maximum valve passage area and the maximum valve opening. The passage area is linearly dependent on the control member displacement, that is, the valve is closed at the initial position of the control member (zero displacement), and the maximum opening takes place at the maximum displacement. This is the default method.

  • By area vs. opening table — Provide tabulated data of valve openings and corresponding valve passage areas. The passage area is determined by one-dimensional table lookup. You have a choice of two interpolation methods and two extrapolation methods.

  • By pressure-flow characteristic — Provide tabulated data of valve openings, pressure differentials, and corresponding flow rates. The flow rate is determined by two-dimensional table lookup. You have a choice of two interpolation methods and two extrapolation methods.

Valve passage maximum area

Specify the area of a fully opened valve. The parameter value must be greater than zero. The default value is 5e-5 m^2. This parameter is used if Model parameterization is set to By maximum area and opening.

Valve maximum opening

Specify the maximum displacement of the control member. The parameter value must be greater than zero. The default value is 5e-3 m. This parameter is used if Model parameterization is set to By maximum area and opening.

Tabulated valve openings

Specify the vector of input values for valve openings as a one-dimensional array. The input values vector must be strictly increasing. The values can be nonuniformly spaced. The minimum number of values depends on the interpolation method: you must provide at least two values for linear interpolation, at least three values for smooth interpolation. The default values, in meters, are [-0.002 0 0.002 0.005 0.015]. If Model parameterization is set to By area vs. opening table, the Tabulated valve openings values will be used together with Tabulated valve passage area values for one-dimensional table lookup. If Model parameterization is set to By pressure-flow characteristic, the Tabulated valve openings values will be used together with Tabulated pressure differentials and Tabulated flow rates for two-dimensional table lookup.

Tabulated valve passage area

Specify the vector of output values for valve passage area as a one-dimensional array. The valve passage area vector must be of the same size as the valve openings vector. All the values must be positive. The default values, in m^2, are [1e-09 2.0352e-07 4.0736e-05 0.00011438 0.00034356]. This parameter is used if Model parameterization is set to By area vs. opening table.

Tabulated pressure differentials

Specify the vector of input values for pressure differentials as a one-dimensional array. The vector must be strictly increasing. The values can be nonuniformly spaced. The minimum number of values depends on the interpolation method: you must provide at least two values for linear interpolation, at least three values for smooth interpolation. The default values, in Pa, are [-1e+07 -5e+06 -2e+06 2e+06 5e+06 1e+07]. This parameter is used if Model parameterization is set to By pressure-flow characteristic.

Tabulated flow rates

Specify the flow rates as an m-by-n matrix, where m is the number of valve openings and n is the number of pressure differentials. Each value in the matrix specifies flow rate taking place at a specific combination of valve opening and pressure differential. The matrix size must match the dimensions defined by the input vectors. The default values, in m^3/s, are:

[-1e-07 -7.0711e-08 -4.4721e-08 4.4721e-08 7.0711e-08 1e-07;
 -2.0352e-05 -1.4391e-05 -9.1017e-06 9.1017e-06 1.4391e-05 2.0352e-05;
 -0.0040736 -0.0028805 -0.0018218 0.0018218 0.0028805 0.0040736;
 -0.011438 -0.0080879 -0.0051152 0.0051152 0.0080879 0.011438;
 -0.034356 -0.024293 -0.015364 0.015364 0.024293 0.034356;]
This parameter is used if Model parameterization is set to By pressure-flow characteristic.

Interpolation method

Select one of the following interpolation methods for approximating the output value when the input value is between two consecutive grid points:

  • Linear — Select this option to get the best performance.

  • Smooth — Select this option to produce a continuous curve (By area vs. opening table) or surface (By pressure-flow characteristic) with continuous first-order derivatives.

For more information on interpolation algorithms, see the PS Lookup Table (1D) and PS Lookup Table (2D) block reference pages.

Extrapolation method

Select one of the following extrapolation methods for determining the output value when the input value is outside the range specified in the argument list:

  • Linear — Select this option to produce a curve or surface with continuous first-order derivatives in the extrapolation region and at the boundary with the interpolation region.

  • Nearest — Select this option to produce an extrapolation that does not go above the highest point in the data or below the lowest point in the data.

For more information on extrapolation algorithms, see the PS Lookup Table (1D) and PS Lookup Table (2D) block reference pages.

Flow discharge coefficient

Semi-empirical parameter for valve capacity characterization. Its value depends on the geometrical properties of the valve, and usually is provided in textbooks or manufacturer data sheets. The default value is 0.7.

Critical Reynolds number

The maximum Reynolds number for laminar flow. The transition from laminar to turbulent regime is assumed to take place when the Reynolds number reaches this value. The value of the parameter depends on the orifice geometrical profile. You can find recommendations on the parameter value in hydraulics textbooks. The default value is 12.

Leakage area

The total area of possible leaks in the completely closed valve. The main purpose of the parameter is to maintain numerical integrity of the circuit by preventing a portion of the system from getting isolated after the valve is completely closed. The parameter value must be greater than 0. The default value is 1e-12 m^2.

Initial Openings Tab

Orifice P-B1 initial opening

Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-B1 block. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is -0.0025 m.

Orifice P-B2 initial opening

Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-B2 block. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is -0.0025 m.

Orifice P-T1 initial opening

Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-T1 block. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is 0.0025 m.

Orifice T1-T initial opening

Initial opening for the Variable Orifice T1-T block. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is 0.0025 m.

Orifice P-A initial opening

Initial opening for the Variable Orifice P-A block. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is -0.0025 m.

Orifice A-T initial opening

Initial opening for the Variable Orifice A-T block. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is -0.0025 m.

Ports

The block has the following ports:

P

Hydraulic conserving port associated with the pressure supply line inlet.

T

Hydraulic conserving port associated with the return line connection.

A

Hydraulic conserving port associated with the actuator connection port.

B

Hydraulic conserving port associated with the actuator connection port.

S

Physical signal port to control spool displacement.

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