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Revised May 24, 2005

The A15 is an electronic controller developed for the 15R rotary servovalve. It provides closed loop position control of the valve. The package includes: A pulse width modulation amplifier with a full bridge MOSFET output section that can provide up to 20A current to the load. RVDT excitation and demodulation circuitry for valve position feedback which employs a unique ratiometric architecture for improved temperature stability and transducer interchangeability. Internal compensation for maximizing closed loop bandwidth. In addition, monitoring circuitry to alert the operator that an over travel, over temperature or over current condition exists in the servovalve. The A15 also has internal shutdown if an output short is detected. Load current and demodulated RVDT output are available on the front panel through BNC connectors. Load current, RVDT demodulated output, and fault signals are available as differential outputs as well as remote power up through the monitor connector.

MECHANICAL Dimensions: W-10.75" x D-8" x H-3.75" Weight: 7.0 pounds Case: Dust tight aluminum enclosure with gold anodize finish Mounting: mount on cold plate with four 1/4" screws on 7.5"x10.5" rectangular pattern TEMPERATURE Temperature, operating, case: -25 to +65C Temperature, storage: -40 to +85C POWER REQUIRED Input voltage: 20-40 volts DC (28 volts nominal), single supply Input current: 1A (idle) 20A (with 15R servovalve full open at 160-Hz) Remote power up: 12-15 volts DC @ 25mA (for activation of small internal relay whose contacts can be used to activate user supplied external power solenoid); the internal relay contacts are rated for up to 2A.

ADJUSTMENTS Offset Input Balance adjustment and RVDT demodulator null adjustments may be accessed through a removable clear window. FAULT DETECTION Audible alarm as well as visible display for fault conditions: open temperature sensor, over temperature, overtravel, overcurrent; and internal power supply voltage indicators INPUT/OUTPUT Command signal: isolateddifferential--input, 51 ohms input resistance (standard) through MS3102R14S-2P connector, 4 V or 80 mA for full valve opening typical Output current: 20A peak (internal shutdown if >20A for .1 sec.) Output resistance: .25 ohm Switching frequency: 42 kHz (typical) RVDT excitation frequency: 20 kHz (typical) PERFORMANCE WITH 15R SERVOVALVE 20% OPENING: Bandwidth: -3dB @500Hz (typical) 90 degree lag frequency: 350 Hz (typical) Step response, rise time: 1 ms. rise time, 1.5 ms. at overshoot, 2.5 ms. to settle Overshoot: 10-20% (typical) _________________ Note: Specifications are subject to change. For pricing and availability contact: ATLAS FLUID CONTROLS CORPORATION, INC. 9206 Emmott Rd.,Houston, TX 77040 Voice: 713-937-7335 FAX: 713-937-7303 Internet:


I. Input MS3102E-14S-2P (connects to vibrator controller servo drive) A--not used B--Input high C--not used D--Input return Amplifier has 51 ohm input resistance measured between pins B--D The 51 ohm resistor is connected to an op amp configured in a differential voltage mode, so it will work if B and D are swapped. II. High voltage power MS3102E-14S-6P A--to high voltage solenoid coil (lo side) (remote power enable) B--to battery ground C&D--to +28V from DC-to-DC converter E&F--to DC-to-DC converter return *Using Analytic Systems model VTC605-12-24 DC to DC converter Using 70-111224-5 (White Rodgers) model solenoid for remote power up of DC-to-DC converter. Recommend connecting solenoid through a return pressure switch so that the amplifier can only be activated when low pressure oil is available for motor cooling. III. MOTOR connector MS3102E-14S-6S, Note: units SN 1 thru 9 used MS3120E14S-6P A&B--PWM + output--to motor C&D--PWM - output--to motor E----to thermistor F----thermistor return IV. RVDT connector (20kHz excitation) MS3102E-14S-2S, Note: units SN 1 thru 9 used MS3102E-14S-2P A-- +RVDT excitation B-- -RVDT excitation C-- +RVDT secondary D-- -RVDT secondary V. Monitor Connector MS3112E12-10P A--Motor displacement+ (diff' voltage proportional to position) B--Motor displacement-

C--Motor current+ (differential voltage proportional to current) D--Motor currentE--Status+ ** F--Status- ** G--Remote power relay hi* (+15V from vibe electronics) H--Remote power relay lo* (GND from vibe electronics) J--N.C. (shield from vibe electronics) K--N.C. (-15v on SERCEL DSD) * If the A15 internal relay is used in conjunction with a remote solenoid: to activate high voltage power supply requires that 15 volts be applied to pin A, and B is tied to ground. The relay coil is 720 ohms in series with a 180 ohm resistor for total a total resistance of 900 ohms. ** Status is a differential voltage output with the following levels: Motor Current Motor Temperature Displacement (High) (Hot or Open Thermistor) Over travel) OK OK OK OK OK Not OK OK Not OK OK OK Not OK Not OK Not OK OK OK Not OK OK Not OK Not OK Not OK OK Not OK Not OK Not OK Differential Output Voltage (+/- 0.9 volts) 17.0V 14.5V 12.1V 9.6V 7.3V 4.9V 2.5V 0.40V


The RVDT demodulation circuit comes from the factory with the offset potentiometer set for a zero output voltage as measured at the Valve Position BNC connector. If the user feels the need to check that the offset is properly adjusted please follow these steps: 1) With the unit powered off, disconnect the RVDT, Input, Monitor and Motor cables. 2) Connect an oscilloscope or voltmeter to the Valve Position BNC. 3) Using a jumper clip, short the RVDT connector pins C and D together. (These pins ordinarily connect to the RVDT secondary winding output.) 4) Connect the power cable and power up the unit. 5) Ignore the open thermistor alarm light and sonalert alarm. 6) The voltage measured at the Valve Position BNC should be close to zero (0.00 20 mV) while the RVDT pins C and D are shorted together. If the voltage falls inside this range, all is O.K and you are done. If not proceed to step 7. To adjust the RVDT electrical balance you will need a small Phillips-head screwdriver and a small slotted screwdriver or trimpot adjustment tool. 7) Power down the unit.

8) Remove the clear plastic bezel on the amplifier front panel. This will require a small Phillips Head screwdriver. 9) Power the unit back up and monitor the Valve Position BNC voltage with C and D shorted. 10) Turn the 10-turn blue trimpot labeled RVDT OFFSET ADJ. while continuing to monitor the Valve Position BNC voltage. Adjust the trimpot for zero output voltage at the BNC connector. 11) If necessary proceed to the next section on Input Balance Adjustment.


The following procedure assumes that the RVDT Offset has been properly adjusted as detailed in the preceding section. The rotary valve needs to be connected to cooling oil. If the rotary valve is installed on a seismic vibrator, the vibrator engine needs to be running and the low pressure used to supply cooling oil to the valve motor needs to be at its normal operating pressure. High-pressure oil is not required, so the vibrator should be pressured down. The amplifier needs to have the input cable disconnected from the amplifier input connector. All other cables (power, motor and RVDT) need to be connected. The monitor cable need not be connected. 1) With no input connected to the amplifier, connect a voltmeter or oscilloscope to the Valve Position BNC connector. 2) Turn on the amplifier power. 3) The valve should go to its null position and the Valve Position BNC voltage should read 0.00 20 mV. 4) If the Valve Position voltage is outside the prescribed range, remove the clear plastic bezel. 5) While monitoring the Valve Position BNC voltage, use a small slotted screwdriver or trimpot adjustment tool to turn the blue trimpot labeled INPUT BALANCE ADJ. until the voltage falls into the proper range. IF FOR SOME REASON THE ELECTRICAL BALANCE ADJUSTMENTS LISTED ABOVE DO NOT FIX THE PROBLEM, IT MAY BE NECESSARY TO MAKE A MECHANICAL ADJUSTMENT ON THE ROTARY VALVE: POSSIBLY ADJUSTMENT OF THE MECHANICAL STOPS ON THE VALVE, AN ADJUSTMENT OF THE RVDT OR REQUIRE A FACTORY REPAIR. PLEASE CONTACT ATLAS FLUID CONTROLS CORPORATION FOR HELP IF THIS IS THE CASE.