Hydraulic check valve that allows flow in one direction, but can be disabled by pilot pressure
The Pilot-Operated Check Valve block represents a hydraulic pilot-operated check valve as a data-sheet-based model. The purpose of the check valve is to permit flow in one direction and block it in the opposite direction, as shown in the following figure.
Unlike a conventional check valve, the pilot-operated check valve can be opened by inlet pressure pA, pilot pressure pX, or both. The force acting on the poppet is determined as
|pA, pB||Gauge pressures at the valve terminals|
|pX||Gauge pressure at the pilot terminal|
|AA||Area of the spool in the A chamber|
|AB||Area of the spool in the B chamber|
|AX||Area of the pilot chamber|
This equation is commonly used in a slightly modified form
where kp = AX / AA is usually referred to as pilot ratio and pe is the equivalent pressure differential across the poppet. The valve remains closed while this pressure differential across the valve is lower than the valve cracking pressure. When cracking pressure is reached, the value control member (spool, ball, poppet, etc.) is forced off its seat, thus creating a passage between the inlet and outlet. If the flow rate is high enough and pressure continues to rise, the area is further increased until the control member reaches its maximum. At this moment, the valve passage area is at its maximum. The valve maximum area and the cracking and maximum pressures are generally provided in the catalogs and are the three key parameters of the block.
In addition to the maximum area, the leakage area is also required to characterize the valve. The main purpose of the parameter is not to account for possible leakage, even though this is also important, but to maintain numerical integrity of the circuit by preventing a portion of the system from getting isolated after the valve is completely closed. An isolated or "hanging" part of the system could affect computational efficiency and even cause failure of computation. Theoretically, the parameter can be set to zero, but it is not recommended.
The flow rate is determined according to the following equations:
|q||Flow rate through the valve|
|p||Pressure differential across the valve|
|pe||Equivalent pressure differential across the control member|
|pA,pB||Gauge pressures at the valve terminals|
|pX||Gauge pressure at the pilot terminal|
|kp||Pilot ratio, kp = AX / AA|
|k||Valve gain coefficient|
|CD||Flow discharge coefficient|
|A(p)||Instantaneous orifice passage area|
|Amax||Fully open valve passage area|
|Aleak||Closed valve leakage area|
|pcrack||Valve cracking pressure|
|pmax||Pressure needed to fully open the valve|
|pcr||Minimum pressure for turbulent flow|
|Recr||Critical Reynolds number|
|DH||Instantaneous orifice hydraulic diameter|
|ν||Fluid kinematic viscosity|
The block positive direction is from port A to port B. This means that the flow rate is positive if it flows from A to B, and the pressure differential is determined as .
Valve opening is linearly proportional to the pressure differential.
No loading on the valve, such as inertia, friction, spring, and so on, is considered.
No flow consumption is associated with the pilot chamber.
Valve passage maximum cross-sectional area. The default value is 1e-4 m^2.
Pressure level at which the orifice of the valve starts to open. The default value is 3e4 Pa.
Pressure differential across the valve needed to fully open the valve. Its value must be higher than the cracking pressure. The default value is 1.2e5 Pa.
Ratio between effective area in the pilot chamber to the effective area in the inlet chamber. The default value is 5.
Semi-empirical parameter for valve capacity characterization. Its value depends on the geometrical properties of the orifice, and usually is provided in textbooks or manufacturer data sheets. The default value is 0.7.
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.
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. An isolated or "hanging" part of the system could affect computational efficiency and even cause simulation to fail. Therefore, MathWorks recommends that you do not set this parameter to 0. The default value is 1e-12 m^2.
Parameters determined by the type of working fluid:
Fluid kinematic viscosity
The block has the following ports: