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Development of hydraulic tanks by multi-phase CFD simulation
Thees Vollmer, TU Braunschweig - Institute of Mobile Machines and Commercial Vehicles, Germany
Hydraulic tanks have a variety of different tasks. The have to store the volume of oil needed for asymmetric actors in the system as well as to supply the system with preconditioned oil. This includes the deaeration as air contamination is affecting the overall system performance. The separation of the air in the tank is being realized mainly by passive methods, improving the guidance of the air and oil flow. The use of CFD models to improve the design of hydraulic tank is recently often discussed. In this paper, a design method for hydraulic tanks using CFD is presented and discussed. First the different requirements on a hydraulic tank are described as well as the motivation changing the tank designs. Additionally, a quick overview on different calculation models for the behavior of air in oil as well as the capabilities of CFD to reproduce them is given. After this the methodology of tank design applying CFD is presented. The method is then used in an example.