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Check Valve (IL)

Check valve in an isothermal system

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  • Check Valve (IL) block

Description

The Check Valve (IL) block models the flow through a valve from port A to port B, and restricts flow from traveling from port B to port A. When the pressure at port B meets or exceeds the set pressure threshold, the valve begins to open.

You can model valve opening either linearly or by tabulated data, and you can enable faulty behavior by setting Enable faults to On.

Linear Parameterization

When Opening parameterization is set to Linear, the valve open area is linearly related to the opening pressure differential.

Opening Pressure

There are two options for valve control:

  • When Opening pressure differential is set to Pressure differential, the control pressure is the pressure differential between ports A and B. The valve begins to open when Pcontrol meets or exceeds the Cracking pressure differential.

  • When Opening pressure differential is set to Pressure at port A, the control pressure is the pressure difference between port A and atmospheric pressure. When Pcontrol meets or exceeds the Cracking pressure (gauge), the valve begins to open.

Opening Area and Pressure

The linear parameterization of the valve area is

Avalve=p^(AmaxAleak)+Aleak,

where the normalized pressure, p^, is

p^=pcontrolpcrackingpmaxpcracking.

Mass Flow Rate Equation

Mass is conserved through the valve:

m˙A+m˙B=0.

The mass flow rate through the valve is calculated as:

m˙=CdAvalve2ρ¯PRloss(1(AvalveAport)2)Δp[Δp2+Δpcrit2]1/4,

where:

  • Cd is the Discharge coefficient.

  • Avalve is the instantaneous valve open area.

  • Aport is the Cross-sectional area at ports A and B.

  • ρ¯ is the average fluid density.

  • Δp is the valve pressure difference pApB.

The critical pressure difference, Δpcrit, is the pressure differential associated with the Critical Reynolds number, Recrit, the flow regime transition point between laminar and turbulent flow:

Δpcrit=πρ¯8Avalve(νRecritCd)2.

Pressure loss describes the reduction of pressure in the valve due to a decrease in area. PRloss is calculated as:

PRloss=1(AvalveAport)2(1Cd2)CdAvalveAport1(AvalveAport)2(1Cd2)+CdAvalveAport.

Pressure recovery describes the positive pressure change in the valve due to an increase in area. If you do not wish to capture this increase in pressure, set the Pressure recovery to Off. In this case, PRloss is 1.

Tabulated Data Parameterization

When Opening parameterization is set to Tabulated data, the valve opens according to the user-provided tabulated data of volumetric flow rate and pressure differential between ports A and B.

Within the limits of the tabulated data, the mass flow rate is calculated as:

m˙=ρ¯V˙,

where:

  • V˙ is the volumetric flow rate.

  • ρ¯ is the average fluid density.

When the simulation pressure falls below the first element of the Pressure drop vector, ΔpTLU(1), the mass flow rate is calculated as:

m˙=KLeakρ¯Δp.

KLeak=VTLU(1)|ΔpTLU(1)|,

where VTLU(1) is the first element of the Volumetric flow rate vector.

When the simulation pressure rises above the last element of the Pressure drop vector, ΔpTLU(end), the mass flow rate is calculated as:

m˙=KMaxρ¯Δp.

KMax=VTLU(end)|ΔpTLU(end)|,

where VTLU(end) is the last element of the Volumetric flow rate vector.

Opening Dynamics

The linear parameterization supports valve opening and closing dynamics. If opening dynamics are modeled, a lag is introduced to the flow response to the modeled control pressure. pcontrol becomes the dynamic control pressure, pdyn; otherwise, pcontrol is the steady-state pressure. The instantaneous change in dynamic control pressure is calculated based on the Opening time constant, τ:

p˙dyn=pcontrolpdynτ.

By default, Opening dynamics is set to Off.

Numerically-Smoothed Pressure

At the extremes of the control pressure range, you can maintain numerical robustness in your simulation by adjusting the block Smoothing factor. A smoothing function is applied to every calculated control pressure, but primarily influences the simulation at the extremes of this range.

The Smoothing factor, s, is applied to the normalized pressure, p^:

p^smoothed=12+12p^2+(s4)212(p^1)2+(s4)2,

and the smoothed pressure is:

Faulty Behavior

When faults are enabled, the valve open area becomes stuck at a specified value in response to one or both of these triggers:

  • Simulation time — Faulting occurs at a specified time.

  • Simulation behavior — Faulting occurs in response to an external trigger. This exposes port T.

Three fault options are available in the Opening area when faulted parameter:

  • Closed

  • Open

  • Maintain at last value

Once triggered, the valve remains at the faulted area for the rest of the simulation. You can set the block to issue a fault report as a warning or error message in the Simulink Diagnostic Viewer with the Reporting when fault occurs parameter.

Faulting in the Linear Parameterization

In the linear parameterization, the fault options are defined by the valve area:

  • Closed — The valve area freezes at the Leakage area.

  • Open — The valve area freezes at the Maximum opening area.

  • Maintain at last value — The valve freezes at the open area when the trigger occurs.

Faulting in the Tabulated Data Parameterization

In the tabulated parameterization, the fault options are defined by the mass flow rate through the valve:

  • Closed — The valve freezes at the mass flow rate associated with the first elements of the Volumetric flow rate vector and the Pressure drop vector:

    m˙=KLeakρ¯Δp.

  • Open — The valve freezes at the mass flow rate associated with the last elements of the Volumetric flow rate vector and the Pressure drop vector:

    m˙=KMaxρ¯Δp.

  • Maintain at last value — The valve freezes at the mass flow rate and pressure differential when the trigger occurs:

    m˙=KLastρ¯Δp,

where

KLast=|m˙|ρ¯|Δp|.

Predefined Parameterization

Pre-parameterization of the Check Valve (IL) block with manufacturer data is available. This data allows you to model a specific supplier component.

To load a predefined parameterization,

  1. Click the "Select a predefined parameterization" hyperlink in the Check Valve (IL) block dialog description.

  2. Select a part from the drop-down menu and click Update block with selected part.

  3. If you change any parameter settings after loading a parameterization, you can check your changes by clicking Compare block settings with selected part. Any difference in settings between the block and pre-defined parameterization will display in the MATLAB command window.

Note

Predefined parameterizations of Simscape components use available data sources for supplying parameter values. Engineering judgement and simplifying assumptions are used to fill in for missing data. As a result, deviations between simulated and actual physical behavior should be expected. To ensure requisite accuracy, you should validate simulated behavior against experimental data and refine component models as necessary.

Ports

Conserving

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Entry point to the valve.

Exit point to the valve.

Input

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Physical signal port for an external fault trigger. Triggering occurs when the value is greater than 0.5. There is no unit associated with the trigger value.

Dependencies

This port is visible when Enable faults is set to On and Enable external fault trigger is set to Fault when T >= 0.5.

Parameters

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Parameters

Method of calculating valve opening.

  • Linear: The valve opening area corresponds linearly to the valve pressure.

  • Tabulated data: The valve mass flow rate is determined from a tabulated valves of volumetric flow rate and pressure differential.

Specifies the control pressure differential. The Pressure differential option refers to the pressure difference between ports A and B. The Pressure at port A option refers to the pressure difference between port A and atmospheric pressure.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Pressure beyond which the valve operation is triggered. This is the set pressure when the control pressure is the pressure differential between ports A and B.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening pressure specification to Pressure differential and Opening parameterization to Linear.

Gauge pressure beyond which valve operation is triggered when the control pressure is the pressure differential between port A and atmospheric pressure.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear and Opening pressure specification to Pressure at port A.

Maximum valve differential pressure. This parameter provides an upper limit to the pressure so that system pressures remain realistic.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear and Opening pressure specification to Pressure differential.

Maximum valve gauge pressure. This parameter provides an upper limit to the pressure so that system pressures remain realistic.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear and Opening pressure specification to Pressure at port A.

Cross-sectional area of the valve in its fully open position.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Sum of all gaps when the valve is in its fully closed position. Any area smaller than this value is saturated to the specified leakage area. This contributes to numerical stability by maintaining continuity in the flow.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Cross-sectional area at the entry and exit ports A and B. These areas are used in the pressure-flow rate equation that determines the mass flow rate through the valve.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Correction factor that accounts for discharge losses in theoretical flows.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Upper Reynolds number limit for laminar flow through the valve.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Continuous smoothing factor that introduces a layer of gradual change to the flow response when the valve is in near-open or near-closed positions. Set this value to a nonzero value less than one to increase the stability of your simulation in these regimes.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Whether to account for pressure increase when fluid flows from a region of smaller cross-sectional area to a region of larger cross-sectional area.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Whether to account for transient effects to the fluid system due to opening the valve. Setting Opening dynamics to On approximates the opening conditions by introducing a first-order lag in the flow response. The Opening time constant also impacts the modeled opening dynamics.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear.

Constant that captures the time required for the fluid to reach steady-state when opening or closing the valve from one position to another. This parameter impacts the modeled opening dynamics.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Linear and Opening dynamics to On.

Vector of pressure differential values for the tabular parameterization of valve opening. This vector must have the same number of elements as the Volumetric flow rate vector parameter. The vector elements must be listed in ascending order and must be greater than 0.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Tabulated data.

Vector of volumetric flow rate values for the tabular parameterization of valve opening. This vector must have the same number of elements as the Pressure drop vector parameter. The vector elements must be listed in ascending order.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Opening parameterization to Tabulated data.

Faults

Enable externally or temporally triggered faults. When faulting occurs, the valve area normally set by the opening parameterization will be set to the value specified in the Opening area when faulted parameter.

Sets the faulted valve area or mass flow rate. You can choose for the valve to seize at the fully closed or fully open position, or at the conditions when faulting is triggered. This parameter sets the area when Opening parameterization is set to Linear and the mass flow rate when Opening parameterization is set to Tabulated data.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Enable faults to On.

Enables port T. A physical signal at port T that is greater than 0.5 triggers faulting.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Enable faults to On.

Enables fault triggering at a specified time. When the Simulation time for fault event is reached, the valve area will be set to the value specified in the Opening area when faulted parameter.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Enable faults to On.

When the Simulation time for fault event is reached, the valve area is set to the value specified in the Opening area when faulted parameter.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Enable faults to On and Enable temporal fault trigger to On.

Reporting preference for the fault condition. When reporting is set to Warning or Error, a message is displayed in the Simulink Diagnostic Viewer. When Error is selected, the simulation will stop if faulting occurs.

Dependencies

To enable this parameter, set Enable faults to On.

Introduced in R2020a