Active Fluid Borne Noise Reduction for Aviation Hydraulic Pumps


Hydraulische Energieversorgung



Art der Publikation:



Aircraft Hydraulic System, Hydraulic System Noise, Fluid Borne Noise, Pump Flow Ripple, Pump Impedance, Active Attenuation, Direct Drain Principle, Rotary Valve, Common Shaft Principle


Arne Waitschat, F. Thielecke, R.M. Behr, U. Heise


Proceedings of the 10. International Fluid Power Conference in Dresden (10.IFK)

The aviation environment holds challenging application constraints for efficient hydraulic system noise reduction devices. Besides strong limits on component weight and size, high safety and reliability standards demand simple solutions. Hence, basic silencers like inline expansion chambers and Helmholtz-Resonators are state-of-the-art aboard commercial aircrafts. Unfortunately, they do not meet today’s noise attenuation aims regarding passenger comfort and equipment durability. Significant attenuation performance is expected from active concepts that generate anti-phase noise. However, such concepts remain a long term approach unless related costs, e.g. due to additional power allocation and real-time control equipment can be avoided. In this paper an active fluid borne noise attenuation concept is discussed that accounts for the mentioned constraints. An aircraft hydraulic pump is considered as main noise source. The active attenuator is an in-house rotary valve design. The basic feature is a known direct shaft coupling principle of pump and rotary valve, so no speed/ frequency control of the valve and no separate power supply are required. The common-shaft principle is further simplified here and proposed as integral feature of future “smart pumps”.