Variable Displacement Hydraulic Piston Pump/Motor: Pressure Drop Analysis
The CFD analysis determined the pressure drop for the piston pump in both pump and motor mode. The pressure drop across bends, expansions, constrictions and other discontinuities is dependent on the direction of flow.
Variable flow hydraulic motors have been around for years but are finding new applications in the development of infinitivally variable drive systems for super energy efficient vehicles.
The variable displacement piston pump (also known as an axial piston pump or a bent-axis piston pump) is used to convert hydraulic flow in to mechanical energy (torque) and vice versa. This technique is commonly used in hydrostatic transmissions. Since the device would be used in both pump mode (converting torque to flow) and motor mode (converting flow to torque) a CFD consulting analysis was required for two sets of boundary conditions.
Our work developed optimized geometries for minimize pressure drop through the yoke while also ensuring acceptable stress levels within the casting.
Keywords: CFD, Pressure Drop, Steady State, Incompressible Flow, CFD, CFdesign, AutoDesk Simulation CFD, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Mechanics, Energy Efficient Vehicles, Variable Displacement Piston Pump, Axial Piston Pump, Bent-Axis Piston Pump, Hydrostatic Transmissions.