Aerospace - Test Methodology for Electrohydrostatic Actuators
This document provides an overview of the tests and issues related to testing that are unique to Electrohydrostatic Actuators (EHAs). An EHA incorporates a linear or rotary hydraulic actuator and a variable speed, reversible electric servomotor driving a fixed displacement hydraulic pump for actuator control, and associated power drive electronics. The tests and issues documented are not necessarily all-inclusive. This document discusses both, the tests applicable to EHAs and the test methodologies to accomplish the test objectives.
This document also lists tests that are not unique to EHAs, but are still applicable to EHAs. In these instances a discussion of such tests is not contained in this document, and as applicable, the reader may reference ARP1281 (Actuators: Aircraft Flight Controls, Power Operated, Hydraulic, General Specification For), which addresses test issues applicable to electrohydraulic flight control servoactuators.
In the discussion of the tests and test methodologies contained in this document, numerical definition or specification of the test parameters to be imposed or measured is not included. These definitions or specifications should be developed to conform to the requirements of the applicable EHA technical specification document, considering the usual influencing factors such as instrumentation accuracy, test temperature, etc.
Rationale: The test methodologies applicable to Electrohydrostatic Actuators (EHAs) require considerations unique to EHAs for certain requirements and tests, as compared to electrohydraulic servoactuators. This ARP discusses such tests specific to EHAs, and recommends test methodologies unique to EHAs