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High-Linear Digital Hydraulic Valve Control by an Equal Coded Valve System and Novel Switching Schemes

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)258-269
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part I: Journal of Systems and Control Engineering
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jan 2018
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This study proposes a novel digital hydraulic valve system using multiple equal size on/off valves and a circulating switching control, with an aim to increase the resolution and the linearity of the digital hydraulic valve systems. The solution is founded on the equal coded valve system concept which represents a recent development in the digital hydraulic valve technology. The circulating switching control algorithm is used to overcome non-linearities occurring in the typical non-circulating switching control and to decrease the operating frequency of single on/off valves. As a result, a substantial improvement in tracking control performance is demonstrated with 8+8 parallel connected valves. The results verify that compact, robust and high-performance valve control can be realized.

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