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Dynamic Analysis And Motion Control Of Hydraulic Crane for Men Lifting Using Modeling And Simulations.

1. Introduction

Many companies that work with Hydraulic cranes have difficulties dealing with load lifting due to oscillations and swinging of load, which can lead to safety problems. Hydraulic crane taken for study is also known as a Straight Boom Lift, Man Lift, Basket Crane. It is an elevated work platform that consists of a platform or Cabin at the end of a lifting system and is used to lift men and other load. It is important to find optimal procedure to lift the men and load in order to minimize swinging and oscillations. To do this, main kinematic and dynamic parameters of motion must be measured, which is difficult with instrumentation. Modelling and simulations helps determining crane's behavior and search for main paramaters on its parts, like: wheels, chasis, boom, cabin, etc. Dynamic and kinematic parameters investigated are: motion length, velocity, acceleration, angular velocity, forces and torque that act in main parts of crane. Model of Hydraulic Crane is designed and modeled with software Maple Sim 6.1 [3]. Model is created based on manufacturer JLG 660SJ (Fig. 1) [1]. Main technical data of crane are: Total weight of crane 12519 kg; Max work height 21.3 m; Max carrying load: Capacity: [Q.sub.max] = 454 kg. Boom lifting speed is vi = 0.25 m/s. (Fig. 1).

Until now, authors have studied dynamics of hydraulic cranes, with suggestion of various crane model types [4], [6], [10], multibody dynamics [2], [4], [9], [13], design of crane hydraulics [4], motion control [4], [5], [12], simulation methods [6], [7], [8], [10], analysis approach [2], [5], [9], [12], and results representation [6], [7], [10], with the aim to find best crane models for analysis, search for dynamics of motion, and implement control. In this work, methodology of research is through Model Predictive Control Technology [5] with software, similar to Bond Graphs [6], with the design of schematic algorithm to create model, find differential equations and implement simulations procedure.

Research is in the field of crane dynamics and control and is limited to load lifting analysis and optimization of lifting motion through analysis of results gained through modeling and simulations. Authors approach is determination of crane's motion through dynamic analysis and control of motion in order to improve safety during crane's work.

2. Schematic design of crane model

In Fig. 2 is presented schematic design and block diagram of Hydraulic crane [1], created with software that enables topological representation, and interconnects related components [3]. Schematic diagram is created for the purpose of analysis, generation of differential equations, applying simulations for control, and getting results.

Block diagram starts from left, with basement of wheels, Chassis and Boom of crane, and continues to the right of scheme where Load Q and cabin K are connected. All crane parts are designed with these elements (Fig. 2 & Fig. 3):

* Rigid body frames (bars): Chassis- Rw1 & Fw1; Link between chassis and Body--C1; Body and Counterbalance--C2, C3; Cylinder frames--PA, CA; Link between Body and Boom--L1, Boom--L2 & B1; Link between Boom and Cabin--B2; Cabin--K. [9]

* Concentrated masses--Chassis mass--mw. Body & Counterbalance masses--m1, m2, m3; Boom masses- m4, m6, m7; Cylinder mass--m5, Cabin mass- m8, Load-Q;

* Fixed Frames--Front wheels--Fw; Rear Wheels--Rw, that represents wheels of truck and additional supports;

* Revolute joints--R1, R2, R3, R4;

* Boom lifting piston- P1;

* Hydraulic cylinder for Boom lifting--HC1;

* Hydraulic motor for Boom Lifting--HM1;

* Translational Joints--In chassis--T1; In Boom--T2;

* Spring and damping element--SD1--represents oscillations of boom while lifting;

* Ramp function--Rfn--Function of fluid flow values in motor HM1 to implement pressure force in cylinder HC1

In Fig. 3. is presented discrete-continuous model of crane used for model view and simulations. This model is 3-D visualization created by software recurring from Schematic design on Fig. 2. On this model, simulations will be performed in time frame of 0< t < 15 s. During this simulation time, crane will lift up Boom (L2, B1, B2 elements), Load Q and cabin K.

3. Differential equations of hydraulic crane

To formulate dynamics of this system, standard Euler-Lagrange methods are applied, by considering the crane as a multi-body system composed by concentrated masses, links and joints. For a controlled system with several degrees of freedom (DOF), the Euler-Lagrange equations are given as [2], [5], [11], [12]:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (1)

Where: [q.sub.i]--are generalized coordinates for the system with n degrees of freedom, [E.sub.k] is Kinetic Energy, [E.sub.p] is Potential energy, Q is the n-vector of external non-conservative forces acting at joints. Kinetic energy for mechanical systems is in the form:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (2)

[E.sub.p](q)--is potential energy that is a function of systems position.

M(q)--is a symmetric and positive matrix of inertias. [4]

Modern software calculates physical modeled systems through mathematical methods, numeric methods and Finite Elements Method [3], [10]. These calculations are based on Euler-Lagrange Equation (3.1), and forces applied for control of force/moments acting on crane. The modeling result is then an n-degree-of-freedom crane model whose position is described by generalized coordinates q = [[[q.sub.1] ... [q.sub.1]].sup.T], and which is enforced, in addition to the applied forces, by m actuator forces/moments u = [[[u.sub.1] ... [u.sub.m]].sup.T], where m<n [2]. The crane dynamic equations can be written in the following second order differential equation:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (3)

where M is the nx n generalized mass matrix, C(q, [??]) is nxn matrix of Corriolis Forces, [partial derivative][E.sub.p]/[partial derivative][E.sub.q] is the vector of gravity, Q is n-vector of generalized applied forces, and [B.sup.T] is the nxm matrix of influence of control inputs u on the generalized actuating force vector [f.sub.u] = -[B.sup.T]u. [2]

After design and testing of model, Software Maplesim has powerful module for symbolic generation of differential equations. There are 8 DOF from crane model (Fig. 3), which gives 8 differential equations. Variables in differential equations are:

P1_F(t)--force in axes direction in piston P1 shown as translational joint; P1_F2((t)--force in piston PI in direction of y; T2_F(t)--force in translation Joint T2 in Boom B1; T2_s(t)--motion in axe of translation Joint T2 in Boom- B1; y(t) --variable of flow in cylinder HC1 implemented through ramp function RFn; HC1_s_rel(t)--Relative length of cylinder HC1; R1_[theta](t)--Rotation of Revolute joint R1 around its axis (z), (Euler Angles); R2_[theta](t)--Rotation of Revolute joint R2 around its axis (z).

3.1. Differential equations

8 Differential equations that represent boom lifting of crane are:

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (3)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (4)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (5)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (6)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (7)

[d/dt]HC1_s_rel(t) = 50 x y(t) (9)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (8)

[mathematical expression not reproducible] (10)

Solution of 8 differential equations will give results, which will be presented in graphical form.

4. Graphical results for main parts of crane

Results are achieved after simulations applied on designed system, Fig. 2 & Fig. 3. Simulations are planned to reflect real work of crane and boom lifting in order to achieve reliable results. Time of simulation is t = 15 s. Simulation has three phases [10],[13]:

First phase--Lifting of boom from its start position close to the ground (Fig. 3). Lifting speed of boom [v.sub.1] = 0.25 m/s. Time of simulation 0 s <t < 12 s. Second phase--Stopping phase of Boom Lifting that usually lasts few seconds, while there is no sudden stop of motion in reality. This phase start after first phase, and lasts 2 seconds, between simulation time 12 s <t < 14 s. Third phase--Boom is stopped at highest position and there is no motion, but there are oscillations after stopping. Starts after second phase, lasts between time 14 s < t < 15 s, which is end of simulation. It is implemented in order to monitor after motion oscillations.

Simulation of boom lifting is achieved with adjustment of flow rate of fluid in Hydraulic motor HM1 to give enough pressure force on piston P1 and cylinder HC1, with cross section [A.sub.c] = 0.02 [m.sup.2] and regulate lifting speed. Flow rate is implemented with ramp function Rfn, shown in Fig. 4. It starts with qHMi = 0.0009 [m.sup.3]/s at first simulation phase (0 s <t < 12 s), and ends with [q.sub.HM1] = 0 [m.sup.3]/s at the end of second simulation phase t = 14 s (Fig. 4). Regulation of process of flow and its values on hydraulic motor HM1 is achieved through numerous tests to implement planned simulation and achieve lifting speed [v.sub.1] [approximately equal to] 0.25 m/s, in order to get best results with less oscillations [6], [10], [11]. This is the main process of regulation and control in this work. Higher values of [q.sub.HM1] will give higher speeds which increase oscillations and safety risk, lower values of [q.sub.HM1] will not lift the maximal load. Other parameters important for regulation and optimized results are for hoisting mechanism [7], [8]. This is for elements SD1 and T2, in order to minimize effect of vibrations which exist in boom during lifting. Spring constant for SD1 is determined as k = 60 kN/m and Damping constant is d = 2 kNm/s.

Based on model created, differential equations gained, and simulations, results are achieved for main dynamic parameters, shown with their symbols and units as follows: Velocity v (m/s), Acceleration a (m/[s.sup.2]), Angular velocity m (1/s), Angular acceleration aa (or [alpha]) (1/[s.sup.2]), Force F (N), Torque T (Nm), Motion or length s (m). [2], [4], [13]

Next will be presented graphical results for main parts of crane, where horizontal axis is time (t = 0 ... 15 s) and vertical axes are corresponding values of dynamic and kinematic parameters. Only most significant graphs will be shown. On these graphs components towards x axis are shown with index 1, components towards y axis are shown with index 2 and components towards z axis are shown with index 3.

4.1. Results of force and torque in Crane's wheels

Crane wheels are used for motion of crane and also to provide stability (Fig. 1). In schematic diagram (Fig. 2) wheels are represented with elements Fw and Rw. In Fig. 5 is shown graph of Componential Force F(y), and in Fig. 6 graph of torque T(z) in Front wheels--Fw. In Fig. 5, Force F(y) is Reaction Force of crane towards y axis. In this case values of other Reaction Forces F(1) or F(x) and F(3) or F(z) are very small and will not be shown in graphs.

Based on Fig. 5, graph of F(y) shows change of curved line, with higher oscillations at the beginning of lifting process 0< t < 4 s, and after lifting stoppage t >12. Oscillations at start are higher than near lifting stop. Max value of Force F(y) is: [F.sub.ymax] = [absolute value of -1.32 x [10.sup.5]] N at the start of process. Between time 4 s<t< 12 s curve in diagram is less dynamic, almost constant, until t >12 when it again shows small oscillations. Values of F(x) component are small and negligible, up to [F.sub.xmax] = 450 [N] and not shown in graphs. We can conclude that wheels undergo oscillations that are irregular, with amplitudes that are high at the beginning, up to [[DELTA].sub.F] [approximately equal to] 2000 N, but drop fast after 2 seconds to almost 0, and are small at the stoppage of lifting, [[DELTA].sub.F] [approximately equal to] 200 N, giving calm lifting process, starting from t = 2 s until the end of lifting. This is the intention of control of lifting motion. In Fig. 6 is graph of Torque T(z) in Front wheels. It has max value: [T.sub.zmax] = [absolute value of -77000] Nm at the start of process, and drops to medium values of [] = [absolute value of -55000] Nm around time t [approximately equal to] 4 s, which gives amplitudes of [[DELTA].sub.F] [approximately equal to] 20000 Nm. Between time 4 s<t<12 graph drops to almost no oscillations and has curved line. After time t >12 oscillations appear again with smaller dynamic intensity than at the start, with [[DELTA].sub.F] [approximately equal to] 5000 Nm. This graph concludes again that wheels undergo intensive and irregular oscillations at start, until t = 3 s, but after that have small oscillations, which shows god results of lifting and control. In Fig. 7 are shown graphical result for Force component F(y) in Rear wheels (Rw). Noticeable is that max value of [F.sub.ymax] = [absolute value of -87000] N is smaller than in Front Wheels for about 52%, due to boom and load position on the side of Front wheels. In Fig. 8 is shown value of Torque T(z) in Rear wheels. Conclusion is that dynamics in rear wheels is similar as in front wheels, but with different intensity.

4.2. Results for Crane's Body and Counterbalance

Body and Counterbalance is rigid part of Crane that connects with Chassis of Crane in bottom, Boom, and Cylinder (Fig. 1). In Fig. 2 schematics it consists of elements C2, C3, m2, m3. In Fig. 9 to Fig. 11 are shown graphs of body element C3, Componential Forces F(x) and F(y) and Torque T(z). Between time 4 s< t <12s graphs shows inclined curve of forces and torque, due to change of distance of Load Q from Center of Body during Boom lifting. Conclusions are similar to those of wheels, at the start of lifting there are higher oscillations that drop fast after 3 seconds, and gives calm lifting process up to t = 12. Between 12s<t<14s there are some small oscillations due to stoppage, but have little effect on Cranes Body.

4.3. Results for Crane's Boom

In Fig. 12 to Fig. 14 are shown graphical results for Lifting Boom element B1 for some main parameters. This is the part that passes the force from cylinder to lift the load Q, and is heavy loaded part. Load Component F(x) is increasing until t = 12 s, but has smaller intensity, with no oscillations, and has small effect on Boom. Force component F(y) and Torque T(z) have higher intensity, and are dynamic in nature, similar to Conclusions of motion and oscillations for wheels and Crane's Body.

Last Graph, Fig. 14, is important kinematic parameter Angular velocity w(z) in Crane's Boom. Between time 1s<t<12s values are almost constant and don't change significantly, then drop down between time 12 s < t < 14 s, and have value 0 at time t=15 s due to motion stop. This change corresponds with simulations function, Fig. 4.

4.4. Results for hydraulic cylinder and piston

In Fig. 15 to Fig. 18 are shown graphical results for Hydraulic cylinder HC1 and piston P1. These are parts that give power and motion for boom lifting. Hydraulic motor HM1 transfers flow of fluid [q.sub.HM1] to Hydraulic Cylinder HC1, which converts to pressure force to piston P1 and thereafter on Crane's Boom--L2 and B1. Based on Fig. 15, the form of curve of Pressure Force in Cylinder HC1, as main power force of process, is passed to other parts of crane, similar in dynamic behavior and oscillations. Velocity of piston in Fig. 17 corresponds to lifting Ramp function and fluid flow in Fig. 4. In Fig. 18, force components in piston have similar form as in Fig. 15, and as in previous crane parts.

4.5. Results of oscillations for Load Q and cabin K

Load Q is the part being carried by crane, in this case men working and other type of load. Cabin K with load Q will make oscillations while being lifted. These oscillations influence directly and indirectly other parts of crane. It is important to identify dynamic behavior of load and cabin and minimize their oscillations. In Fig. 19 is presented lifting of load from start to end, in unit of meters. The curve increases with very small oscillations. This is a sought result, while load has very little swinging due to regulation of Boom lifting speed. In Fig. 20, component v(y) has high oscillations until t =3 s, then is constant up to t = 12 s, with sought value of v [approximately equal to] 0.25 m/s. After this, they drop to 0 at t = 14 s, end of lifting. Conclusion is that load Q and Cabin K at the start of lifting have irregular motion with oscillations, which drops after 3 seconds, and remains low until the end of lifting. Fig. 21 represents acceleration a(y) of load Q and Cabin K. Graph shows dynamic form with oscillations at the start of lifting 0s< t <3s with higher frequencies and amplitudes, which drop significantly at the end of process. Between time 4 s< t <12 s acceleration is close to 0, which concludes that lifting speed is properly regulated close to constant.

5. Conclusion

The main problem during load lifting is oscillations in hydraulic crane as part of dynamic occurrences. In order to control them, it is important to identify them first. To do this we created crane model with schematic design and 3-d visualization, and implemented simulations. Important part of analysis is finding proper simulations plan that reflects real lifting of crane's boom, so that results are reliable. Results are gained for main dynamic parameters and presented in graphical form. From these diagrams can be noticed oscillations in some parts of crane, and mostly with irregular occurrence. They occur in different planes. Oscillations have high intensity at the start of lifting process, almost zero values in the middle of process, and small values at end of process [10], [13]. The intention of research was to minimize oscillations [4], [11]. This was achieved through numerous simulations, in order to find optimal boom lifting, fluid flow in hydraulic motor and accurate spring and dumping constants to minimize load swinging. All this is done to with the aim to optimize the speed of lifting which is main parameter for control and optimization. This work is also important for safety at work, while the load carried are usually humans. It can be used also for further analysis for crane's optimization, and in the future can be used for other work processes of crane, like travel with load.

DOI: 10.2507/27th.daaam.proceedings.100

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Ilir Doci, Mirlind Bruqi & Nexhat Qehaja

University of Prishtina, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, 10000 Prishtina, Kosovo

This Publication has to be referred as: Doci, I[lir]; Bruqi, M[irlind] & Qehaja, N[exhat] (2016). Dynamic Analysis and Motion Control of Hydraulic Crane for Men Lifting Using Modeling and Simulations, Proceedings of the 27th DAAAM International Symposium, pp.0693-0700, B. Katalinic (Ed.), Published by DAAAM International, ISBN 978-3-902734-08-2, ISSN 1726-9679, Vienna, Austria

* Corresponding author. Tel.: +377 44 503 577. E-mail address:

Caption: Fig. 1. Hydraulic crane studied and its main dimensions [1]

Caption: Fig. 2. Schematic design (Block Diagram) of hydraulic crane with boom lifting motion

Caption: Fig. 3. Discrete-continuous model of Hydraulic crane in form of 3-D visualization generated by software [3]

Caption: Fig. 4. Ramp function Rfn of fluid flow rate [q.sub.HM1] in motor HC1

Caption: Fig. 5. Force component F(y) or F(2) in Front wheels (Fw)

Caption: Fig. 6. Torque T(z) or (T3) in Front Wheels (Fw)

Caption: Fig. 7. Force component F(y) in Rear wheels (Rw)

Caption: Fig. 8. Torque T(z) or (T3) in Rear Wheels (Rw)

Caption: Fig. 9. Force components F(x) in Body

Caption: Fig. 10. Force components F(y)

Caption: Fig. 11. Torque T(z)

Caption: Fig. 12. Force components F(x) and F(y) in Crane's Boom

Caption: Fig. 13. Torque T(z)

Caption: Fig. 14. Angular velocity w(z) in Crane's Boom

Caption: Fig. 15. Pressure force in cylinder

Caption: Fig. 16. Motion length of piston P1

Caption: Fig. 17. Velocity of piston P1 (m/s)

Caption: Fig. 18. Force components F(x) and F(y) in piston P1

Caption: Fig. 19. Q and K--Lifting r(y)

Caption: Fig. 20. Q and K--Velocity v(y)

Caption: Fig. 21. Q and K--Acceleration a(y)
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