# Pressure Compensator Valve (IL)

Pressure compensator valve in an isothermal liquid network

**Library:**Simscape / Fluids / Isothermal Liquid / Valves & Orifices / Pressure Control Valves

## Description

The Pressure Compensator Valve (IL) block represents a pressure compensator in an isothermal liquid network, such as a pressure relief valve or pressure-reducing valve. Use this valve to maintain the pressure at the valve based on signals from another part of the system.

The pressure differential between ports **X** and **Y** is
the control pressure, *P _{control}*. When this
value meets or exceeds the set pressure, the valve area opens or closes depending on the

**Valve specification**parameter. The pressure regulation range begins at the set pressure,

*P*. You can choose between constant and controlled set pressure regulation. A physical signal at port

_{set}**Ps**provides a varying set pressure.

### Pressure Control

The block regulates pressure when
*P _{control}* exceeds

*P*. The block continues to regulate the pressure up to

_{set}*P*, the sum of

_{max}*P*and the pressure regulation range. The block supports two modes of regulation:

_{set}When you set

**Set pressure control**to`Controlled`

and connect a pressure signal to port**Ps**, the block keeps the pressure regulation range constant. The valve regulates pressure when*P*is greater than the value of the signal at port_{control}**Ps**and less than*P*._{max}When you set

**Set pressure control**to`Constant`

, the**Set pressure differential**parameter defines a constant set pressure.

### Conservation of Mass

The block conserves mass such that

$${\dot{m}}_{A}+{\dot{m}}_{B}=0.$$

The block calculates the mass flow rate through the valve as

$$\dot{m}=\frac{{C}_{d}{A}_{valve}\sqrt{2\overline{\rho}}}{\sqrt{P{R}_{loss}\left(1-{\left(\frac{{A}_{valve}}{{A}_{port}}\right)}^{2}\right)}}\frac{\Delta p}{{\left[\Delta {p}^{2}+\Delta {p}_{crit}^{2}\right]}^{1/4}},$$

where:

*C*is the_{d}**Discharge coefficient**parameter.*A*is the instantaneous valve open area._{valve}*A*is the_{port}**Cross-sectional area at ports A and B**parameter.$$\overline{\rho}$$ is the average fluid density.

*Δp*is the valve pressure difference*p*–_{A}*p*._{B}

The critical pressure difference,
*Δp _{crit}*, is the pressure
differential specified by the

**Critical Reynolds number**parameter,

*Re*. This parameter represents the flow regime transition point between laminar and turbulent flow. The block finds the critical pressure difference as

_{crit}

$$\Delta {p}_{crit}=\frac{\pi \overline{\rho}}{8{A}_{valve}}{\left(\frac{\nu {\mathrm{Re}}_{crit}}{{C}_{d}}\right)}^{2}.$$

The pressure loss, *PR _{loss}*, describes the
reduction of pressure in the valve due to a decrease in area. The block calculates
the pressure loss as:

$$P{R}_{loss}=\frac{\sqrt{1-{\left(\frac{{A}_{valve}}{{A}_{port}}\right)}^{2}\left(1-{C}_{d}^{2}\right)}-{C}_{d}\frac{{A}_{valve}}{{A}_{port}}}{\sqrt{1-{\left(\frac{{A}_{valve}}{{A}_{port}}\right)}^{2}\left(1-{C}_{d}^{2}\right)}+{C}_{d}\frac{{A}_{valve}}{{A}_{port}}}.$$

The pressure recovery describes the positive pressure change in the valve due to
an increase in area. When you set **Pressure recovery** to
`Off`

, the block sets
*PR _{loss}* to 1.

The block calculates *A _{valve}* using the opening
parameterization and the valve opening dynamics.

### Valve Opening Parameterization

When you set **Opening parameterization** to
`Linear`

, the valve area for normally open valves is

$${A}_{valve}=\widehat{p}\left({A}_{leak}-{A}_{max}\right)+{A}_{max}.$$

This figure demonstrates how the block controls the opening area for a normally open valve using the linear parameterization.

For normally closed valves, the block uses

$${A}_{valve}=\widehat{p}\left({A}_{max}-{A}_{leak}\right)+{A}_{leak}.$$

This figure demonstrates how the block controls the opening area for a normally closed valve using the linear parameterization.

The normalized pressure, $$\widehat{p}$$, is

$$\widehat{p}=\frac{{p}_{control}-{p}_{set}}{{p}_{max}-{p}_{set}}.$$

When the valve is in a near-open or near-closed
position in the linear parameterization, you can maintain numerical robustness in
your simulation by adjusting the **Smoothing factor** parameter.
If the **Smoothing factor** parameter is nonzero, the block
smoothly saturates the control pressure between
*p _{set}* and

*p*. For more information, see Numerical Smoothing.

_{max}When you set **Opening parameterization** to ```
Tabulated
data
```

, *A _{leak}* and

*A*are the first and last parameters of the

_{max}**Opening area vector**parameter, respectively. The block calculates the opening area as

$${A}_{valve}=tablelookup\left({p}_{control,TLU,ref},{A}_{TLU},{p}_{control},interpolation=linear,extrapolation=nearest\right),$$

where:

*p*is the control pressure, the pressure differential between ports_{control}**X**and**Y**.*p*=_{control,TLU,ref}*p*+_{TLU}*p*._{offset}*p*is the_{TLU}**Pressure differential vector**parameter.*p*is an internal pressure offset that causes the valve to start closing when_{offset}*p*=_{control,TLU,ref}*p*._{set}*A*is the_{TLU}**Opening area vector**parameter.

This figure demonstrates how the block controls the opening area for a normally open valve using the tabulated parameterization.

This figure demonstrates how the block controls the opening area for a normally closed valve using the tabulated parameterization.

### Opening Dynamics

When you set **Opening dynamics** to `On`

, the
block introduces a control pressure lag where
*p _{control}* becomes the dynamic
control pressure,

*p*. The block calculates the instantaneous change in dynamic control pressure based on the

_{dyn}**Opening time constant**parameter,

*τ*:

$${\dot{p}}_{dyn}=\frac{{p}_{control}-{p}_{dyn}}{\tau}.$$

By default, **Opening dynamics** is
`Off`

. For the linear parameterization, a nonzero value
for the **Smoothing factor** parameter provides additional
numerical stability when the orifice is in near-closed or near-open position.

The block calculates the steady-state dynamics according to the **Opening
parameterization** parameter, and are based on the control pressure,
*p _{control}*.

### Faults

When you set **Enable faults** to `On`

,
the valve open area stops at a specified value in response to one of these triggers:

Simulation time — The fault occurs at a specified time during the simulation.

Simulation behavior — The fault occurs in response to an external trigger.

You can set the **Opening area when faulted** parameter to:

`Closed`

— The valve area stops at its smallest value, depending on the**Opening parameterization**parameter setting:`Linear`

— The valve area stops at the value of the**Leakage area**parameter.`Tabulated data`

— The valve area stops at the smallest element of the**Opening area vector**parameter.

`Open`

— The valve stops at its largest value, depending on the**Opening parameterization**parameter setting:`Linear`

— The valve area stops at the value of the**Maximum opening area**parameter.`Tabulated data`

— The valve area stops at the largest element of the**Opening area vector**parameter.

`Maintain last value`

— The valve area stops at the valve open area when the trigger occurred.

Due to numerical smoothing at the extremes of the valve area, the
minimum area applied is larger than the leakage area, and the maximum is smaller
than the value of the **Maximum orifice area** parameter. This
effect is in proportion to the amount of smoothing you apply.

After the fault triggers, the valve remains at the faulted area for the rest of the simulation.

## Ports

### Conserving

### Input

## Parameters

## Model Examples

## Extended Capabilities

## Version History

**Introduced in R2020a**