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Mechatronic Design of Digital Hydraulic Micro Valve Package

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProcedia Engineering
PublisherElsevier Ireland Ltd
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
EventInternational Conference Dynamics and Vibroacoustics of Machines - , United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Jan 2000 → …


ConferenceInternational Conference Dynamics and Vibroacoustics of Machines
CountryUnited Kingdom
Period1/01/00 → …


Digital hydraulic valve system is a new kind of hydraulic control valve assembly, which has potential to save energy and improve performance of valve controlled actuators. The typical digital valve system has 4-6 parallel connected on/off valves per control edge totaling 16-24 valves in the four-way valve configuration. The flow capacities of the parallel connected valves are set according to the powers of two such that it is possible to achieve 2N different flow rates with N valves. An alternative approach is to use equally sized valves, which means that N parallel connected valves give only N+1 different flow rates. This approach has several benefits, but the number of valves becomes very large. This paper shows that it is possible to implement valve assembly having 128 miniaturized valves, such that it can be installed instead of traditional CETOP3 servo or proportional valve. Careful electromagnetic optimization and mechatronic design are used together with novel manufacturing methods and new type of power electronics. The prototype is build and experimentally studied and results show that the performance of this kind of digital valve system is superior to traditional four-way control valves in terms of response time and fault tolerance.

ASJC Scopus subject areas


  • Digital hydraulics, miniaturization, on/off valves

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