Examples of the Hydraulic System

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Hydraulics is a substantial industry with a huge number of applications in today’s world. We’re going to take a brief look at some examples of the hydraulic systems, which have many benefits over other systems such as pneumatic and electric. Advantages of a hydraulic system include a reduction in noise level of the system, increased uptime of machinery, high-pressure operations and pump backup availability.

Hydraulic systems are widely used thanks to them being accurate and easy to control. A system operator has full control over the system and can start, stop, accelerate and slow down. It is also easy to spot a leakage if one should occur. Because these systems don’t cause sparks, it makes them a good choice for environments such as mines and chemical plants.

  1. Aircrafts

Hydraulic systems are used in planes and other aircrafts in order to move and activate landing gear, flaps and brakes. One of the benefits of a hydraulics system in aviation is that they are able to transmit a substantial amount of force of pressure with only a small volume of fluid or hydraulic oil. The sophisticated technology of these systems means that they are relatively easy to maintain and can operate efficiently in even the most challenging conditions onboard an aircraft.

  1. Hydraulic Jacks

Jacks utilising hydraulic systems are stronger and can lift much heavier loads than other systems. In this instance, the hydraulic jack consists of a cylinder and a pumping system for storing and shifting hydraulic fluid. The pumping system will either contain a manually powered or mechanically powered pump in order to apply pressure on the fluid. Some classifications include bottle and floor jacks.

  1. Hydraulic Steering

Hydraulic power steering is a crucial part of a vehicle such as a car as it supports the change of direction to either left or right. This system reduces the effort for drivers as well as absorbing road shocks. With either the clockwise or anti-clockwise direction of the steering, this will open and close the valve attached to the rack housing, which in turn pushes fluid from the reservoir directly into it.

  1. Hydraulic Brakes

The braking system of a vehicle is yet another important example of hydraulics in action. Components of this system include brake fluids, master and slave cylinders, pads and lines. When you need to decelerate and you hit the brake pedal, what you’re essentially doing is pressing a piston into a brake fluid reservoir referred to as the master cylinder. The fluid then transmits that pressure through brake lines that are connected to each wheel of the vehicle, where it’s then used to activate the brakes.

  1. Heavy Equipment

A lot of the construction industry has equipment and machinery that utilises hydraulics, with examples of equipment including forklifts, bulldozers, cranes, log splitters and loaders. Bulldozers, for example, make use of a hydraulic system for the movement of blades. With these systems in place, users of heavy machinery are able to move heavier loads than would be allowed by other systems.


  1. Hydraulic Lifts

There are a number of varying types of hydraulic lifts used, including carousel lifts, two-post and four-post lifts, mezzanine lifts and scissor lifts. Hydraulic lifts are beneficial for vertically transporting people or goods. Compared to lifts that utilise cables, there is no risk of accidents caused by the lift dropping. These types of lifts are often used in the following industries: waste  removal, construction, shipping and automobile.

These are just a handful of examples of how hydraulic systems are used across a whole range of industries, illustrating how this important system can be utilised in a variety of ways to benefit a whole host of situations and environments.




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