Optimization of a Hydraulic Valve Design Using CFD Analysis 2005-01-3633
The design of a pressure compensated hydraulic valve is optimized using CFD analysis. The valve is used in a hydraulic system to control implement movement. High flow rates through the valve resulted in unacceptably high pressure drops, leading to an effort to optimize the valve design. Redesign of the valve had to be achieved under the constraint of minimal manufacturing cost. The flow path of hydraulic oil through the valve, the spool design, and various components of the valve that caused the high pressure drops were targeted in this analysis. A commercially available CFD package was used for the 3D analysis. The hydraulic oil flow was assumed to be turbulent, isothermal and incompressible. The steady-state results were validated by comparison with experimental data. A thorough CFD analysis was used to cycle through several design iterations of the valve, which helped to redesign the valve to achieve a 29% decrease in the pressure drop across the valve, thus meeting its design requirements.