Sizing a Power-Limited Steering System 2009-01-2864
Hydraulic power steering systems traditionally are sized in a straightforward manner with easily verifiable results. The source of power in conventional systems is an engine driven pump that is effectively a source of hydraulic flow. As energy consumption of auxiliary functions becomes significant, on-demand power sources are considered. Best typified by hydraulic pumps driven by electric motors, these on-demand sources are often power limited, and established sizing practices should be re-visited.