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The Stressful Life of a Hydraulic Cylinder

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The Stressful Life of a Hydraulic Cylinder

Learning more about hydraulic cylinders may be beneficial for some owner-operators. A hydraulic cylinder performs when the hydraulic fluid imparts pressure onto the piston, and it’s converted into force. The stress against the rod must be low enough to minimize the risk of the cylinder failing from excessive pressure. The push of the hydraulic cylinder is produced by compressive stress, and the pull is a result of the tensile stress on the rod.

The Strength of Hydraulic Cylinders

The stress level on hydraulic cylinders is substantial when bend forces are caused by the rod being side-loaded. Many hydraulic cylinders are constructed with higher-strength steel that reinforces the unit against dangerous failures. This approach maintains safety standards while providing economic benefits through weight reduction, downsizing components and reducing costs. The strength of the steel can also help make a hydraulic cylinder more resistant to buckling as well.

The Resilience of Hydraulic Cylinders

A hydraulic cylinder is designed to perform under conditions that would be too challenging for most forms of linear motion. They are typically impervious to forces like shock loading, extreme fluctuations in temperature, water, and dirt. In order to overcome challenges associated with heat, there are a number of solutions available. Temperatures above 180 degrees have proven to be harmful to the seals and fluid inside hydraulic cylinders.

Businesses that use hydraulic cylinders on a regular basis may benefit from getting a unit customized according to their particular needs. Customized cylinders may be designed with a longer piston, thermal insulation, or heat deflectors, among other innovative solutions.

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