This paper describes the design, simulation and testing of a high response servo-proportional valve. The purpose of this work is to study the possibilities, using a modeling technology, to increase the dynamic performance of a servo-proportional directional developing new algorithms for the digital control system.
The development of digital technology, introduced also in the control of proportional valves, have led to the reduction of the differences between the overall characteristics of proportional and servo valves so that the proportional ones can be a suitable solution in many applications, where servo-valves are traditionally used.
The mathematical model of the servo-proportional valve has been developed by using the commercial software AMESim® (Advanced Modeling and Simulation Environment for Systems Engineering). The model includes the proportional solenoid and the linear transducer.
Digital control of the proportional valve proposed in this paper, is a key part of this research. Its mathematical model and the control algorithm have been built using Matlab®. Both models have been run in co-simulation to improve the overall valve performance.
The experimental tests have been performed in the labs of Duplomatic Oleodinamica SpA and Continental Hydraulic Inc.
The data have been used to validate the simulation models.