The aim of the present paper is the evaluation of the driving forces acting on a 4/3 hydraulic open center directional control valve spool by means of a complete numerical analysis. In a previous paper by the same authors, the valve was inserted in a closed hydraulic circuit and was tested with different pump flow rate values to obtain experimental results about the driving forces. The experimental results are used in this paper to evaluate and validate the numerical analysis of the valve. The obtained numerical results show important differences between an open center valve and a closed center one, the latter being extensively analyzed in the literature. The numerical analysis is performed by using the commercial code "Fluent", and the numerical results show the complete flow field inside the valve. The aim of this analysis is to evaluate the valve fluid dynamic performance, exploiting computational fluid dynamics (CFD) techniques, in order to give the reliable indications needed to define the valve design criteria and avoid expensive experimental tests.
|Titolo:||Evaluation of the flow forces on an open-centre directional control valve by means of a computational fluid dynamic analysis|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2006|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1016/j.enconman.2005.10.005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|