Working With Hydraulic Hoses in Extreme Conditions

Working With Hydraulic Hoses in Extreme Conditions

Did you know that the hottest temperature ever recorded on earth was in the Libyan Desert at 136°F, and the coldest temperature that was every measured on earth was -126°F in Antarctica at the Vostok Station? Those may seem extreme, but what if we told you that just this year temperatures in Southern California spiked over 120°F, or that it once reached 134°F in the west coast state? These temperatures seem extreme and that is because they are! While it’s nearly impossible for humans to function at temperatures that soar into the 100’s, it also puts a strain on hydraulic hoses.

With hydraulic hoses being used across the world in so many different settings, they need to be able to withstand extreme external and internal temperatures to maintain solid productivity. Whether it is in an aircraft flying 30,000 feet above, in a car driving about the Inland Empire, or construction taking place in the middle of winter in North Dakota, hydraulic hoses must keep performing.

Especially true in operations where oil is being transported in a high-temperature application, hydraulic hoses must be designed to meet stringent temperature requirements. If the heat of the oil being transported exceeds the hose’s threshold temperature, which is generally between -40°F and 257°F, the inner tube can actually bake, harden and crack, causing system failure. Several different industries run into this issue, with the most familiar to the problem being heavy mobile machinery.

Thankfully, Parker actually designs hoses that can handle liquids reaching a temperature of 302°F. While it is still important to monitor temperatures carefully, having a Parker hose that is designed to withstand intense fluid heat can reduce the risk of malfunction or hose leakage.

While internal heat is an important variable, ambient heat is also something to consider. This is where external temperatures come into play. You will want to ensure that hoses have proper ventilation, especially when temperatures are rising. For example, hoses that are in the compartment of a vehicle experience higher temperatures because the heat has no way of escaping. These are all things to consider when selecting a hydraulic hose. 

Bernell Hydraulics can help with your hydraulic hose needs.

At Bernell Hydraulics, we know how crucial hydraulic hoses are to your operations. We have been in the hydraulic equipment industry for 40 years, and would love to provide our expertise to you. Call us the hose doctors, because we offer top of the line hydraulic hoses that are manufactured to lower costs while also reducing defects. We can also perform consulting and custom hydraulic hose work to ensure that you have the hydraulic hose that is best suited for your system and application. Rest assured that Bernell Hydraulics will get the job done.

For more information, call us at 800-326-7252 or stop by any of our four convenient locations!

 

Posted on October 4, 2016