Spool Orifice Hydraulic Force

Axial hydraulic force exerted on spool

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Description

The Spool Orifice Hydraulic Force block simulates the steady-state axial hydraulic force exerted on the spool by fluid flowing through the orifice. The spool is assumed to be sharp-edged. You have two parameterization options:

  • A rectangular slot, to be used with the Orifice with Variable Area Slot block

  • A round hole, or a set of round holes, to be used with the Orifice with Variable Area Round Holes block

The width of the slot, or the diameter of the holes, must be considerably larger than the radial clearance between the spool and the sleeve. Connect the Spool Orifice Hydraulic Force block in series with the respective orifice block to monitor the flow rate.

The force is simulated according to the following equations:

F=pq2Acosθor

θ=0.3663+0.8373(1exp(x/1.848))

x=x0+sor

For rectangular slot,

A={bx2+δ2for x > 0bδfor x <= 0 

For round holes,

A={Amin+Zd28(αsinα)for d >= x >= 0Aminfor x < 0 Amin+Amaxfor x > d

α=2acos(12xd)

Amin=Zdδ

Amax=πd2/4

where

FAxial hydraulic force
qFlow rate through the orifice
ρFluid density
AOrifice area
ΘJet angle (rad)
x0Orifice initial opening
sSpool displacement
bOrifice width, for rectangular slot
DOrifice diameter, for round holes
ZNumber of round holes
δRadial clearance
orOrientation parameter with respect to the globally assigned positive direction. If the orifice is opened while the spool is shifted in positive direction, or equals 1. If the orifice is opened while the spool is shifted in negative direction, or equals –1.

Connections A and B are hydraulic conserving ports that should be connected in series with the orifice block to monitor the flow rate. Connection S is a physical signal port that provides the spool displacement. Connection F is a physical signal port that outputs the hydraulic axial force value. This port should be connected to the control port of an Ideal Force Source block. The force computed in the block always acts to close the orifice.

Basic Assumptions and Limitations

  • The transient effects are assumed to be negligible.

  • The jet angle approximation is based on the Richard von Mises equation.

  • The jet angle variation with the orifice opening is identical for the rectangular slot and the round holes orifices.

  • The block can be used with orifices whose width or diameter is considerably larger than the axial opening.

Dialog Box and Parameters

Orifice type

Select the type of orifice:

  • Rectangular slot — Orifice created by the sharp-edged spool and a rectangular slot in the sleeve. This is the default.

  • Round holes — Orifice created by the sharp-edged spool and a set of round holes evenly distributed along the sleeve perimeter.

Orifice width

Orifice width. The parameter must be greater than zero. The default value is 0.01 m. The parameter is used if Orifice type is set to Rectangular slot.

Diameter of round holes

Orifice diameter. If multiple orifices are used, all of them must be of the same diameter, identically aligned with respect to the spool edge, and spaced evenly among the sleeve perimeter. The parameter must be greater than zero. The default value is 0.005 m. The parameter is used if Orifice type is set to Round holes.

Number of round holes

Number of round holes in the sleeve. The parameter must be greater than zero. The default value is 4. The parameter is used if Orifice type is set to Round holes.

Radial clearance

The radial clearance between the spool and the sleeve. The default value is 1e-5 m.

Initial opening

Orifice initial opening. The parameter can be positive (underlapped orifice), negative (overlapped orifice), or equal to zero for zero lap configuration. The default value is 0.

Orifice orientation

The parameter is introduced to specify the effect of the force on the orifice opening. The parameter can be set to one of two options: Opens in positive direction or Opens in negative direction. The value Opens in positive direction specifies an orifice that opens when the spool moves in the globally assigned positive direction. The default value is Opens in positive direction.

 Restricted Parameters

Ports

The block has the following ports:

A

Hydraulic conserving port associated with an orifice inlet.

B

Hydraulic conserving port associated with an orifice outlet.

S

Physical signal port that provides the spool displacement.

F

Physical signal port that outputs hydraulic axial force.

Examples

The following example shows a model of a 4-way, 3-position, hydraulically-operated directional valve where the hydraulic axial forces acting on the spool are being taken into consideration.

The spool (mass M1, viscous friction TD1) is shifted by the servo-actuator simulated by two Translational Hydro-Mechanical Converter blocks. Connections A_S and B_S are hydraulic ports for applying pilot control pressure.

Four variable orifices are represented by subsystems:

  • Orifice with Hydraulic Force PA

  • Orifice with Hydraulic Force PB

  • Orifice with Hydraulic Force AT

  • Orifice with Hydraulic Force BT

The structure of a subsystem is shown in the following illustration.

It consists of an Orifice with Variable Area Slot block, which simulates hydraulic properties of the orifice, connected in series with a Spool Orifice Hydraulic Force block. The force value computed in the block is exported through its port F and passed to the Force block.

The forces on all four orifices (F_PA, F_PB, F_AT, F_BT) are applied to the valve spool as it is shown in the first schematic.

For more details and for parameter settings, see the Hydraulic System with Servo-Valve example.

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