Positive displacement machines present a well-known major drawback that is the oscillation in delivered flow rate. This paper presents two active solutions for reducing the flow ripple generated by a pump with an external device actuated by means of a piezo-stack actuator. The work is focused on a theoretical analysis, with the aim of collecting information about the performance of the solutions proposed and their main advantages and drawbacks. The active methods proposed involve a cylindrical actuator connected to the delivery line of the pump. The piston could be actuated directly by a piezo-stack actuator or by a differential pressure modulated by a propor-tional piezo actuated valve. The actuators were modelled and a control algorithm based on Least Mean Square algorithm was used to achieve the adaptability for both systems at different oper-ating conditions. The developed mathematical model permits to define the great potential of these solutions that can drastically reduce the flow ripple. The first architecture presented resulted as the best solution, while the second one allowed reduction of the production cost.
Theoretical Analysis of Active Flow Ripple Control in Positive Displacement Pumps / Casoli, P.; Vescovini, C. M.; Scolari, F.; Rundo, M.. - In: ENERGIES. - ISSN 1996-1073. - 15:13(2022), p. 4703. [10.3390/en15134703]