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5 Ways You Wear Out Your Hydraulic Components!

From the very moment that they are first installed into a hydraulic system and the hydraulic fluid starts to pass through them, your components will start to die out. They will be worn down all through their life due to the high intensity of hydraulic solutions.

This will, initially, start to happen slowly. Over the years, however, this wear and tear will start to become more noticeable on all of your hydraulic components, including hydraulic tanks, pumps and Cetop 10 solenoid valves.

The 5 Ways You’ll Wear Your Hydraulic Components Down

1. Abrasive Wear And Tear – This form of wear is extremely common and involves the scuffing or scoring of any lubricated surface. There are actually two forms of abrasive wear; two-body and three-body abrasion.

a. Two-Body Abrasion – This form of wear occurs when two lubricated surfaces come into direct contact. This is most likely the result of loss in terms of the lubricating oil film.

b. Three-Body Abrasion – This occurs when the clearance between two lubricated surfaces is filled by hard particles. When this occurs, it isn’t the other surface which causes the wear to the component in question, but rather the hard particles which score the surface and contribute to long term damage.

2. Adhesive Damage – This is an extension of the common two-body abrasion. When the oil film between two lubricated surfaces moving relative to each other becomes lost or worn down, then the two surfaces will begin to scuff each other. This scuffing creates friction which, in turn, generated heat. If the friction and the heat are strong enough, then the two surfaces can often begin to stick together, or adhere.

Although complete adhesion and eventual seizure of the hydraulic system is completely possible in these situations, it is more common for one of the surfaces to tear microscopic high points away from the other.

3. Fatigue Wear – This form of wear and tear occurs in heavily-loaded, lubricated contacts, such as bearings and gears. Point loading can cause deformation of the component’s surface; this means that the resulting stress causes surfaces to crack and break apart.

4. Cavitation Wear – This typically occurs when oil-vapour bubbles, or even air bubbles, form at the inlet pipe for the pump. They then collapse under the pressure at the outlet. When they collapse, these bubbles form micro-jets which are powerful enough to erode even case-hardened steel.

5. Erosive Damage – When the hydraulic fluid is contaminated with large amounts of silt-sized hard particles erosion is likely to occur. These particles are carried through the hydraulic system at a relatively high velocity and work on eroding the inside of the system.

These are extremely common forms of wear which affect even the highest quality hydraulic components. Anything from a hydraulic pump or traditional valve to Cetop 10 solenoid valves can suffer any of these erosion types. However, if you follow the best practices and security measures when it comes to keeping your hydraulic oil clean, then you should be able to extend the average lifetime of your various hydraulic components.

Choose Flowfit Online For Reliable Hydraulic Components And Cetop 10 Solenoid Valves

At Flowfit, we are able to provide a wide range of hydraulic features and components, including Cetop 10 solenoid valves and Cetop 3’s. All of the products that we can provide have been designed to offer the highest levels of reliability and efficiency.

For more information about any of our great range of hydraulics components, don’t hesitate to get in touch with our professional team today or email

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