This SAE Aerospace Information Report (AIR) presents a review of
the types and general characteristics of power sources that may be
used to provide the power for gaseous or liquid fluidic control
systems. Fluidic definitions, terminology, units and symbols are
defined in reference 2.11.
Field of Application:
The power systems described and the data contained herein apply
to all types of aerospace vehicles including: aircraft,
helicopters, missiles,. Space vehicles, remotely piloted vehicles,
or in any other vehicles or applications to which aerospace
Fluidics is a control technology that relies on the interaction
of fluid (liquid of gaseous) streams to provide sensing,
amplification, filtering, signal conditioning, and other control
functions. Pure fluidics employees no moving-part devices, but most
operational fluidic systems employ some moving-part peripheral
elements such as linear and rotary motion sensors, valves,
actuators, switches, push buttons, and other devices that provide
inputs to and outputs from the fluidic elements in the system.
The information in this document is intended to be used as
guidelines in the selection of power sources most appropriate to
the requirements and characteristics of a particular vehicle or
system. It may also be used verbatim or as a guideline in the
preparation of system or power source specifications.
Considerations, problem areas and benefits of the various power
sources and configurations are presented in order to assist in
conducting trade studies and evaluations.
More detailed information on fluidic control technology, fluidic
test methods and instrumentation, and power sources for other
applications is available in SAE AIRs and in SAE ARPs. These and
other references are all listed in section 2.