Hybrid pump drive

Seppo Tikkanen

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    The number of applications with rotational speed controlled fixed hydraulic pumps is increasing because they offer good controllability and efficiency compared to conventional fixed speed pump drives. Both electric motors and pumps are dimensioned according to maximum power/torque. Consequently, the electric motor is significantly larger than the hydraulic pump. This paper introduces a double pump system with connection to additional hydraulic supply creating a hybrid drive. The power/torque demand can be reduced making it possible to choose a smaller electric motor without sacrificing performance while increasing power density. The connection to two energy sources results in a flexible energy supply and makes it possible to recover either hydraulically or electrically. Simulated results show that the studied circuit enables electric motor size reduction as much as 50% when the bottom of the cylinder is the load side and the second pump is connected to the accumulator or pressure source. This is applicable in applications where the rod side loading is remarkably lower as well as in other applications that have a minor extending load.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationThe 14th Scandinavian International Conference on Fluid Power
    EditorsArto Laamanen, Kalevi Huhtala
    Place of PublicationTampere
    PublisherTampereen teknillinen korkeakoulu
    ISBN (Electronic)978-952-15-3530-7
    Publication statusPublished - 21 May 2015
    Publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication


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