2 Ways to Filter Water Out of Hydraulic Oil

photo credit eaton vickersWater removal filters are one way of removing water from hydraulic oil. Generally speaking, these filters are best suited to removing small amounts of water. If the oil is contaminated with a large amount of water, centrifuging or evaporation techniques such as vacuum dehydration and head-space flush should be considered.

There are two types of water removal filters: coalescing and … Read more

Hydraulic Oil Coolers and Specific Heat

500HPU1Specific heat is a numeric value which refers to the amount of heat required to raise a set quantity of a substance by a fixed temperature. For example, pure water has a specific heat of 1. This means one calorie will raise the temperature of one gram of water by one degree C. Or, in U.S. units, one BTU will … Read more

What to Look For When Hydraulic Spool Valves Stick

spool1Why do hydraulic spool valves sometimes stick? In a word: contamination. The radial clearance between the spool and bore in common, garden-variety directional control valves ranges between 3 and 13 microns. And in practice, perfectly round and straight bores are difficult to achieve. This is why servo and servo-proportional valves are fitted with a sleeve between the spool and bore-for … Read more