Investigation into the Electrohydraulic Synchronous Motion Control of a Thrust System for a Tunnel Boring Machine

Weiqiang Wu, Guofang Gong, Quan Huan, Xinghai Zhou, Yuxi Chen, Xiongbin Peng
2022 Machines  
The thrust system of a tunnel boring machine plays a crucial role by driving the machine ahead and supporting the gripper shoes stably. A thrust hydraulic control system, assembled with a proportional flow control valve and a pressure relief valve, is established with system operating parameters. The mathematical model of a thrust electrohydraulic system is presented. To improve the control characteristics of the thrust system, a self-tuning fuzzy PID controller was introduced in
more » ... motion control situations. To attain the best control parameters, three synchronization motion control systems were used to control the thrust propel cylinders. Tests on a Ø2.5 m scaled TBM test rig were carried out to verify the capabilities of the ISCS, SRSCS and CRSCS. Comparative tests were conducted, and the results showed that the thrust system adopting SRSCS achieved the least oscillation and the quickest response. The steady-state displacement error decreased by about 33.3% in contrast to the ISCS and CRSCS.
doi:10.3390/machines10020119 fatcat:vighubcq4jd4tgf3nl5nr3bt4i