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Hydraulic Analogue

  1. Apr 4, 2007 #1
    The hydraulic analogue (check it out on wikipedia for an indepth explanation) compares between electric circuits and fluid flow. It maps voltage to pressure and current to water flow.
    I have been trying to take this analogue into applicability and use circuits from electronics and use them in my fluid mechanics course. To my surprise, this has been already done (possibly implicitly). The hydraulic ram and the boost converter are practically the same topology.

    I got the resistive analogy figured out, I still need some formulas for induction and capacitance of any form (as in to make a system to port any electric circuit into a functioning fluid circuit with reasonable functionality)

    I know by now that inductors are implicitly found in pipes due to water's moment of inertia. Capacitance is model-able by reservoirs that stack water vertically (possibly with pressured gas on the inside).
    The thing am missing is the formulas.
    Pointing out the right track on the very least to find out these formulas will be fine :)
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