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If you run machines, then you know how important your hydraulic hoses and fittings are. Hydraulic hoses help to transport fluid to required areas, and issues with them can cause significant issues for the heavy machinery in the long run.
Sadly, these fittings and hoses also tend to be volatile, and there are several issues that could affect them. Here are some prominent ones:
The problem with rube erosion is external leakage. When you get a steady stream of liquid flowing at high velocity, this is the eventual outcome. Tube erosion can also come from small particles in the fluid.
To avoid this, you can check out hose specifications to find out how much velocity they can hold. Also, ensure that you don’t bend the hose assembly too tight. This way, the fluid medium doesn’t get too abrasive for the hose’s inner tube. Always watch for maximum bend radius numbers, too.
If you’re transporting fluids that aren’t compatible with the tube, then you run the risk of affecting it. These fluids eventually deteriorate the tube’s inner structure and can even cause it to wash out.
Make sure to order a hose that is compatible with the fluid you’re moving. That’s pretty much the only solution.
Aged and dry air
You can also find hoses’ inner tubes developing several small cracks because of an accumulation of dry air. This is the type of failure that doesn’t get discovered easily, since the hose will remain flexible and appear that it’s still functional. However, you should be able to see signs of external leaks.
You can avoid this problem by getting a hose that is rated to handle very dry air. For instance, get a hose with an EPDM or a PKR rubber.
Minimum bend radius
Another significant area where failure is possible is with the hose assemblies. If the minimum end radius isn’t met, the cover and tube will get ripped apart out of the bend.
In vacuum and suction applications, a bend radius that is left exceeded will cause the hose to get flattened around the bend area. This will restrict fluid flow. If the bend gets too tight, then it could cause the hose to fracture.
Therefore many ask that you check the minimum bend radius on a hose. Manufacturers tend to recommend specific numbers, so be aware of that. If you find that your hose doesn’t comply, then you might want to change it.The Hose Shop - Your trusted Hydraulic Hose Shop in NJ.
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