Variable Hydraulic Chamber
Hydraulic capacity of variable volume with compressible fluid
The Variable Hydraulic Chamber block models fluid compressibility in variable volume chambers. The fluid is considered to be a mixture of liquid and a small amount of entrained, nondissolved gas. Use this block together with the Translational Hydro-Mechanical Converter block.
The Variable Hydraulic Chamber block takes into account only the flow rate caused by fluid compressibility. The fluid volume consumed to create piston velocity is accounted for in the Translational Hydro-Mechanical Converter block.
|q||Flow rate due to fluid compressibility|
|V0||Initial volume of fluid in the chamber|
|V||Chamber volume change, provided through port V|
|E||Fluid bulk modulus|
|El||Pure liquid bulk modulus|
|p||Gauge pressure of fluid in the chamber|
|α||Relative gas content at atmospheric pressure, α = VG/VL|
|VG||Gas volume at atmospheric pressure|
|VL||Volume of liquid|
|n||Gas-specific heat ratio|
The main objective of representing fluid as a mixture of liquid and gas is to introduce an approximate model of cavitation, which takes place in a chamber if pressure drops below fluid vapor saturation level. As it is seen in the graph below, the bulk modulus of a mixture decreases as the gauge pressure approaches zero, thus considerably slowing down further pressure change. At gauge pressures far above zero, a small amount of undissolved gas has practically no effect on the system behavior.
For information on how to reproduce this graph, see Constant Volume Hydraulic Chamber.
Cavitation is an inherently thermodynamic process, requiring consideration of multiple-phase fluids, heat transfers, etc., and as such cannot be accurately simulated with Simscape™ software. But the simplified version implemented in the block is good enough to signal if pressure falls below dangerous level, and to prevent computation failure that normally occurs at negative pressures.
If pressure falls below absolute vacuum (–101325 Pa), the simulation stops and an error message is displayed.
Port A is a hydraulic conserving port associated with the chamber inlet. Port V is a physical signal port that provides the chamber volume variation.
The block positive direction is from port A to the reference point. This means that the flow rate is positive if it flows into the chamber.
Use the Variables tab to set the priority and initial target values for the block variables prior to simulation. For more information, see Set Priority and Initial Target for Block Variables.
Basic Assumptions and Limitations
Fluid density remains constant.
Chamber volume cannot be less than the dead volume.
Fluid fills the entire chamber volume.
- Chamber dead volume
Minimal volume of fluid in the chamber. The default value is
- Specific heat ratio
Gas-specific heat ratio. The default value is
Parameters determined by the type of working fluid:
Fluid kinematic viscosity
The block has the following ports:
Hydraulic conserving port associated with the chamber inlet.
Physical signal port that provides the chamber volume variation.
 Manring, N.D., Hydraulic Control Systems, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 2005
 Meritt, H.E., Hydraulic Control Systems, John Wiley & Sons, New York, 1967