A study on thermal behavior of pump-controlled actuator

T.A. Minav
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland

M. Pietola
Department of Mechanical Engineering, Aalto University, Aalto, Finland

Ladda ner artikelhttp://dx.doi.org/10.3384/ecp17144333

Ingår i: Proceedings of 15:th Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power, June 7-9, 2017, Linköping, Sweden

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 144:33, s. 333-338

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Publicerad: 2017-12-20

ISBN: 978-91-7685-369-6

ISSN: 1650-3686 (tryckt), 1650-3740 (online)


In this research, a time-proven concept from the aircraft industry supports development and application of an electrohydraulic actuator (EHA) in stationary application. EHA allows to achieve high power density and high performance in a compact package as well as flexibility in system architecture for stationary applications. The electrohydraulic actuator can eliminate hoses, fittings, valves and fixtures and is easy to integrate into larger systems. Due to good energy efficiency, cooling usually is not required. However, a thermo-dynamic analysis clearly indicates that the electric machine is acting as a high temperature heat source, while the hydraulics of the actuator maintain relatively lower temperature. Therefore, this paper targets the simulation of the thermal behavior of a pump-controlled actuator by means of lumped parameter model in order to predict the operational temperature. The developed model is validated against measurements utilizing thermocouples under various operative conditions. Conclusions are drawn concerning thermal behavior and energy dissipation of the proposed pump-controlled actuator.


Thermal modelling, losses, efficiency, pump-controlled actuator, stationary application


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