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Hydraulic hoses are high-pressure, often reinforced hoses used to convey fluids within industrial hydraulic systems. Not all hydraulic hoses are made the same, and therefore, selecting the right hose for your particular industrial application may not be as straightforward as you might think. Here are some key considerations you should take into account before selecting hydraulic hoses for your industrial use.
Hydraulic hoses must be correctly sized to allow for proper flow velocity. If the hoses are too small, flow velocity will be too low, leading to slow system performance. If the hoses are too big, on the other hand, flow velocity will be too high, resulting in excessive decline in pressure, leaking and system damage. To determine the right hose size, you should check the layline.
The layline is the printing made on the exteriors of the hose, and it typically contains vital information about the hose's properties, including its size, temperature rating, operating pressure, and much more. In case the original printing is no longer legible, the hose will have to be cut so that the inside diameter can be measured.
All hydraulic systems operate within a certain temperature range based on the fluid temperature. Likewise, all hydraulic hoses are rated with a maximum operating temperature that must never be exceeded. Continuously exposing hoses to temperatures higher than the maximum allowable working temperatures can cause the hoses to lose their flexibility. Disregarding these temperature recommendations can also result in significant reduction in hose life.
Hydraulic hoses are primarily made of rubber, but not all rubbers have the same properties. For that reason, it is important to consult a compatibility chart to see if the tubing material is compatible with the fluid being transported within the system. High temperature and fluid adulteration will affect the suitability of the hoses to be used for carrying and moving the fluid, so make sure your hydraulic hoses are compatible with the fluids you intend to transport.
Knowing the exact working pressure of your hydraulic equipment is also important when you are choosing hoses. The hoses you select must have a working pressure that is an equal to or greater than the maximum system pressure, taking pressure spikes into account. Otherwise, you will risk reducing the service life of your hoses.
Selecting the right hydraulic hoses, as well as the correct fittings, will ensure that fluid is transported efficiently and effectively. Aside from that, it will ensure you enjoy extended hose life and also avoid potential hydraulic hose failures, such as leaking and cracking.