In this paper, two 3D CFD models of a load sensing proportional valve are contrasted. The models were developed with two different software, Simerics PumpLinx® and ANSYS Fluent®. In both cases the mesh was dynamically modified based on the fluid forces acting on the local compensator. In the former, a specific template for valves was used, in the latter a user-defined function was implemented. The models were validated in terms of flow rate and pressure drop for different positions of the main spool by means of specific tests. Two configurations were tested: with the local compensator blocked and free to regulate. The study has brought to evidence the reliability of the CFD models in evaluating the steady-state characteristics of valves with complex geometry.

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