Spring-Loaded Accumulator (IL)
Accumulator with a spring used for energy storage in an isothermal liquid system
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This block models a spring-charged accumulator in an isothermal liquid network. The accumulator consists of a preloaded spring and a liquid chamber.
As the liquid pressure at the accumulator inlet becomes greater than the preload pressure, liquid enters the accumulator and compresses the spring. A decrease in the liquid pressure causes the spring to decompress and discharge stored liquid into the system. The separator motion is restricted by a hard stop when the liquid volume is zero and when the liquid volume is at the liquid chamber capacity.
The inlet liquid resistance and spring properties, such as the spring inertia and damping, are not modeled. The spring pressure is assumed to be linear with respect to the liquid volume. The flow rate is positive if liquid flows into the accumulator.
This diagram represents a spring-loaded accumulator.
Volume of the liquid in the accumulator.
Liquid chamber capacity
Pressure at full capacity
Liquid pressure in the liquid chamber, which is equal to the pressure at the accumulator inlet.
Hard-stop contact pressure.
|Hard-stop stiffness coefficient.|
Mass flow rate of liquid coming into port A.
Density of the liquid in the liquid chamber.
Conservation of Mass
Conservation of mass is represented by the following equation.
Conservation of Momentum
Conservation of momentum is represented by the following equation.
Use the Variables tab to set the priority and initial target values for the block variables prior to simulation. For more information, see Set Priority and Initial Target for Block Variables.
A — Hydraulic conserving port
Hydraulic conserving port associated with the accumulator inlet. The flow rate is positive if liquid flows into the accumulator.
Liquid capacity — Liquid capacity
8e-3 m^3 (default) | positive scalar
Amount of liquid that the accumulator can hold.
Preload pressure — Spring pressure
1.01325 MPa (default) | positive scalar
Spring pressure when the liquid chamber is empty.
Pressure at full capacity — Spring pressure
3.01325 MPa (default) | positive scalar
Spring pressure when the liquid chamber is at capacity.
Hard stop stiffness coefficient — Proportionality constant
1e4 MPa/m^3 (default) | positive scalar
Proportionality constant of the hard-stop contact pressure with respect to the liquid volume penetrated into the hard stop. The hard stops are used to restrict the liquid volume between zero and liquid chamber capacity.
Fluid dynamic compressibility — Fluid compressibility
On (default) |
Whether to model any change in fluid density due to fluid compressibility.
When Fluid compressibility is set to
On, changes due to the mass flow rate into
the block are calculated in addition to density changes due to changes in
pressure. In the Isothermal Liquid Library, all blocks calculate density as
a function of pressure.