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Pressure Control in Hydraulic Power Steering Systems
Linköping University, Department of Management and Engineering, Fluid and Mechatronic Systems. Linköping University, The Institute of Technology.
2013 (English)Licentiate thesis, monograph (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

There is a clear trend in the vehicle industry to implement more safetyrelated functions, where the focus is on active safety systems and today the steering system is also involved. Steering-related active safety functions can only be realised with a steering system that allows electroniccontrol of either the road wheel angle or the torque required to steer the vehicle, called active steering. The high power requirement of heavy vehicles means they must rely on hydraulic power to assist the driver. Thesystem is a pure hydro-mechanical system with an open-centre circuit activated by the driver’s steering action and suffers from poor energy efficiency. The main task of the hydraulic system is to control the pressure in the assistance cylinder in such a way that it eases the load on the driver.

This work suggests a way to design and evaluate a self-regulating pressure control valve for use as actuator in the steering system. This valve can be made small and fast and is electronically controlled to enable active steering. It is based on a closed-centre circuit and has therefore the potential to improve energy efficiency. The aim of this work has been to investigate the possibility for the valve to perform as the  original open-centre valve. The suggested approach is a model-based design and evaluation process where an optimisation routine is used to design the valve. Together with a validated model of the steering system, the new concept is compared with the original system. A hardware-inthe-loop simulation test rig has also been designed and built with the possibility to test a closed-centre steering system. It has partly been used to support the modelling process and partly to verify that a closedcentre steering system is a feasible solution. The simulation results  have shown that the designed valve can perform sufficiently well compared to the original system.

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Linköping: Linköping University Electronic Press, 2013. , 91 p.
Linköping Studies in Science and Technology. Thesis, ISSN 0280-7971 ; 1626
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Engineering and Technology
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-100841DOI: 10.3384/lic.diva-100841Local ID: LIU-TEK-LIC-2013:60ISBN: 978-91-7519-476-9 (print)OAI: diva2:664003
2013-11-29, A30, Hus A, Campus Valla, Linköpings universitet, 10:15 (English)
Available from: 2013-11-13 Created: 2013-11-13 Last updated: 2013-11-18Bibliographically approved

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