Influence of Hydraulic Fluid Contamination on Equipment Wear
The performance, quality, and purity of operating fluids directly affect the reliability and the service life of pumps, hydraulic drives and various hydraulic equipment installed in mobile and stationary locations. If high precision hydraulic equipment is used with gaps between moving parts of 5 to 24 microns, then the use of high quality hydraulic fluid that is free from contaminates is a must to ensure continuous trouble free operation of the system. The effects of contamination on the performance of equipment will vary and depends on the size and composition of the contamination.
The aggressive effects of fluid contamination is detrimental to the reliability and durability of hydraulic systems. Undesirable consequences may be caused by solid particles carried by the fluid that enter through the gaps in the system. Contamination will be found on the surfaces of flat friction pairs, valve facets etc. This unwanted contamination leads to increased wear and equipment failures that include hydraulic lock, clogging of small valves, plunger jamming, loss of valve tightness and other system failures.
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