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Gerotor Lubricating Oil Pump for IC Engines

This paper documents an extensive study aimed at a better understanding of the peculiarities and performance of crankshaft mounted gerotor pumps for IC engines lubrication. At different extents, the modelling, simulation and testing of a specific unit are all considered. More emphasis, at the modelling phase, is dedicated to the physical and mathematical description of the flow losses mechanisms; the often intricate aspects of kinematics being deliberately left aside. The pressure relief valve is analysed at a considerable extent as is the modelling of the working fluid, a typically aerated subsystem in such applications. Simulation is grounded on AMESim, a relatively novel tool in the fluid power domain, that proves effective and compliant with user deeds and objectives. Testing, at steady-state conditions, forms the basis for the pro!gressive tuning of the simulation model and provides significant insight into this type of volumetric pump.
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Modelling and Simulation of Gerotor Gearing in Lubricating Oil Pumps

The paper presents geometric and kinematic aspects that constitute a premise to the modelling and simulation of gerotor lubricating oil pumps. With reference to a commercial oil pump two different modelling approaches of the pumping elements are addressed: the classical integral-derivative approach and the new derivative-integral approach. The latter, based on volumes swept by vector rays, is easier to implement and requires less computer time at equal accuracy. Two approaches to modelling are also detailed that feature different reticulations of the pump and consequently involve a different number of ordinary differential equations (ODE). Depending on the extent and detail of expected informations, either 4 or N+2 ODE must be solved, N being the number of variable volume chambers in the pump. Finally, numerical results of the simulation code, developed in the AMESim environment, have been compared with experimental results presented elsewhere [4].