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Variable speed drive with hydraulic boost

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)99-123
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Fluid Power
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


This paper studies a variable speed drive with two hydraulic pump motors connected to an actuator. The torque load of the pump motors is reduced by connecting accumulators at different pressures to the inlets of the pump motors. A method for real-time selection of the inlet accumulators is developed. A linearized model is derived, and a robust control approach is used for the controller design of the variable speed drive. Simulation results indicate excellent controllability and robustness together with good energy efficiency. When three accumulators – one being a pressurized tank line – are used, the peak torque is reduced by 52 per cent compared to the traditional solution.


  • Hydraulics, Robust control, Variable speed drive

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