Axial hydraulic force exerted on spool
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:
For rectangular slot,
For round holes,
|F||Axial hydraulic force|
|q||Flow rate through the orifice|
|Θ||Jet angle (rad)|
|x0||Orifice initial opening|
|b||Orifice width, for rectangular slot|
|D||Orifice diameter, for round holes|
|Z||Number of round holes|
|or||Orientation 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.
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.
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. The parameter must be greater than zero. The
default value is
0.01 m. The parameter is used
if Orifice type is set to
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
The parameter is used if Orifice type is set
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
The radial clearance between the spool and the sleeve. The default
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
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:
in positive direction or
Opens in negative direction.
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
The block has the following ports:
Hydraulic conserving port associated with an orifice inlet.
Hydraulic conserving port associated with an orifice outlet.
Physical signal port that provides the spool displacement.
Physical signal port that outputs hydraulic axial force.
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
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 (
are applied to the valve spool as it is shown in the first schematic.
For more details and for parameter settings, see the Servo-Valve Controlling Hydraulic Actuator example.