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Aircraft hydraulic systems


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It is a system where liquid under pressure is used to transmit this energy. Hydraulics systems take engine power and converts it to hydraulic power by means of a hydraulic pump. This power can be distributed throughout the airplane by means of tubing that runs through the aircraft. Hydraulic power may be reconverted to mechanical power by means of an actuating cylinder, or turbine.

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Aircraft hydraulic systems

  2. 2. INTRODUCTION Hydraulics is based on the fact that liquids are incompressible Hydraulic system is a system where liquid under pressure is used to transmit energy In it a hydraulic pump converts mechanical power to hydraulic power An actuating cylinder converts hydraulic power to mechanical power.
  4. 4. DEVICES USING HYDRAULIC SYSTEMS IN AIRCRAFTS Gun turrets Auto pilot Shock absorption systems Dive, landing, speed and flap brakes Bomb bay doors Doors and hatchways Landing gears, wing flaps, etc…
  5. 5. PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION Governed by Pascal’s law The oil is in contact with both sides of the piston head but at different pressures. High pressure oil may be pumped into either side of the piston head. The selector valve determines to which side of the actuating cylinder the high pressure oil (red colored side) is sent.
  8. 8. RESERVOIRFUNCTIONS Holds reserve supply oil to account for normal leakage, emergency supply of oil, volume changes, thermal contraction of oil, Provides pressure head on the pump, a place to remove air or foam from liquid, air space for expansion of the oil due to temperature changes etc
  9. 9. RESERVOIRCONSTRUCTION Material: 5052 aluminium Size: takes into account all oil volumes in operational requirements, thermal expansion, leakage, etc. Shape: domed cylindrical shape, due to ease of construction & mounting
  10. 10. ACCUMULATORSPRINCIPLE Gas valve lets in compressed gas at ½ system pressure Diaphragm pops up & oil is sent through system When system pressure>accumulator pressure, diaphragm deploys
  11. 11. ACCUMULATORSUSES Absorbs the shocks due to rapid pressure variations in a hydraulic system Helps maintain a constant pressure within the hydraulic system Helps the hydraulic pump under peak pressure loads It is an emergency source of power Spherical shape is preferred for accumulators
  12. 12. POWER PUMPSFUNCTION Is to change mechanical horsepower to hydraulic horsepowerTYPES Gear pumps: move fluid based upon the number of gear teeth and the volume spacing between gear teeth. Piston pumps: move fluid by pushing it through the motion of the pistons within the pump
  13. 13. POWER PUMPSPRINCIPLES OF GEAR PUMPS The liquid from the reservoir is pushed between the gear teeth. The oil is moved around to the other side by the action of the drive gear itself and sent through the pressure line.
  14. 14. POWER PUMPSPRINCIPLES OF RECIPROCATING PISTON PUMP As the cylinder block rotates, space between the block and the pistons increase, letting in more oil. As the block rotates from bottom dead center, the reverse occurs and the pistons push oil out through the outlet
  15. 15. SYSTEM RELIEF VALVEPRINCIPLE The adjustment screw is set for a certain pressure value P2. When the pressure increases, the poppet will move up, forcing the excess liquid in
  16. 16. Douglass Pressure Regulator high pressure oil from the power pump opens valve C and also act on piston A piston A pushes Ball B off seat D, the oil goes through passage D into the center chamber back to the reservoir.
  17. 17. HAND PUMPS
  18. 18. Selector Valves Position (1) is the position of the selector valve, for example, upon the extension of the landing gear or the lowering of flaps. Position (2) is the position of the selector valve upon retraction of the landing gear or the raising of the flaps
  19. 19. FLOW EQUALISER If wing air loads on one wing are greater than on other, during wing sweep back or sweep forward, motion occurs unevenly. To synchronize wing sweep back or sweep forward flow equaliser used flow equalizer is made up of two power pumps placed side by side in which the drive gears of both pumps are connected
  20. 20. ACTUATION CYLINDER The function is to take the pressure & hydraulic fluid flow & change them into linear or rotary motion. Single piston double rod is an equal displacement cylinder used in aileron system or automatic guidance system Double piston-double rod actuating cylinder used in bomb bay doors
  21. 21. ADVANTAGES It is lighter in weight than alternate existing systems. It is dead beat, that is, there is an absence of sloppiness in its response to demands placed on the system. It is reliable; either it works or doesnt. It can be easily maintained. It is not a shock hazard; it is not much of a fire hazard. It can develop practically unlimited force or torque.
  22. 22. CONCLUSION Hydraulic systems determine flight worthiness, usability and reliabity.