This paper concerns a novel energy efficient hydraulic cylinder drive concept, consisting of three pressure lines used to supply a hydraulic cylinder(s). The proposed concept allows for reduced throttling losses compared to conventional solutions, while maintaining accurately cylinder control. One application where the concept shows great potential is as the actuation system for life tests of large mechanical structures, where structure deflections is made through cylinder force control. This work contributes to the development and control of this hydraulic concept, where the purpose is to obtain a high energy efficiency and an accurate cylinder force control. The final concept design is implemented in simulation models, where the performance of the developed control system is investigated to verify that the control performance is satisfactory. Furthermore, the energy efficiency is compared to a conventional hydraulic concept to verify the feasibility. Through simulation models, control performance similar to a conventional hydraulic concept has been obtained with the proposed control structure, while reducing the hydraulic energy consumption by up to 50%. Based on the findings in this paper it is assessed that the concept is ready for experimental validation.
Pedersen, N. H., Jensen, S. C., Hansen, R. H., Hansen, A. H., & Andersen, T. O. (2018). Control of an Energy Efficient Hydraulic Cylinder Drive with Multiple Pressure Lines. Modeling, Identification and Control (Online), 39(4), 245-259. https://doi.org/10.4173/mic.2018.4.2