Dynamic reliability of aircraft hydraulic pipelines under random pressure pulsation and vibration

Wei Liu (School of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
Yongshou Liu (School of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)
Zhufeng Yue (School of Mechanics, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China)

Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures

ISSN: 1573-6105

Publication date: 12 November 2010

Abstract

Purpose

Pressure pulsations and vibration working condition lead to dynamic troubles in hydraulic devices. It is highly desirable to be able to estimate the durability at the design stage so that appropriate maintenance period can be determined for safety and reliability. The purpose of this paper is to propose a quantitative evaluation method for pulsation and vibration based on reliability.

Design/methodology/approach

Pressure pulsations are approximately treaded as a stationary random process. The principle of transform function and fluid network chain rules are used to disassemble the hydraulic power unit into the series‐system. Mean square deviation of dynamic stress under the pumping source white noise exciting was calculated based on frequency responses. Statistical regularity of displacement and stress responses of pipelines under external random vibration are obtained by the spectrum analysis. Both the first‐passage failure criterion and fatigue damage accumulation failure criterion are adopted to analyze the dynamic pressure reliability of hydraulic pipelines.

Findings

The terminal joint, bellow pipe and pipe clamps are verified as the weak location of the pipelines. The mean square deviations of pulsations and vibration response influence the pipelines reliability. The results indicated that the preventative design method of controlling the pressure below 10 per cent of rated pressure does not meet the security specification of the hydraulic power unit.

Originality/value

The paper proposes a quantitative evaluation method for random pressure pulsation and external vibration based on reliability, which provides a new approach for the safety assessment and design of hydraulic pipelines.

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Citation

Liu, W., Liu, Y. and Yue, Z. (2010), "Dynamic reliability of aircraft hydraulic pipelines under random pressure pulsation and vibration", Multidiscipline Modeling in Materials and Structures, Vol. 6 No. 4, pp. 493-507. https://doi.org/10.1108/15736101011095154

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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