Adaptive control of variable displacement pumps
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Fluid power technology has been widely used in industrial practice; however, its energy efficiency became a big concern in the recent years. Much progress has been made to improve fluid power energy efficiency from many aspects. Among these approaches, using a valve-less system to replace a traditional valve-controlled system showed eminent energy reduction. This thesis studies the valve-less solution-pump displacement controlled actuators- from the view of controls background. Singular perturbations have been applied to the fluid power to account for fluid stiffness; and a novel hydraulic circuit for single rod cylinder has been presented to increase the hydraulic circuit stabilities. Recursive Least Squares has been applied to account for measurement noise thus the parameters have fast convergence rate, square root algorithm has further applied to increase the controller's numerical stability and efficiency. It was showed that this technique is consistent with other techniques to increase controller's robustness. The developed algorithm is further extended to a hybrid adaptive control scheme to achieve desired trajectory tracking for general cases. A hardware test-bed using the invented hydraulic circuit was built up. The experimental results are presents and validated the proposed algorithms and the circuit itself. The end goal of this project is to develop control algorithms and hydraulic circuit suitable for industrial practice.