Solid Particles

Solid particles multiply continuously in hydraulic systems

Solid particles flow through the hydraulic system under high pressure and at high speed and sandblast its components (pumps, valves, seals and cylinders). Particularly the tiniest particles which are either equal in size or smaller than the critical dynamic clearances (< 5 µ) are the most dangerous . They have the ability to overcome the tightest tolerances and cause damage to one or both surfaces.

Control pumps and servo-valves have critical clearances of 1-10µ and, as a result, are highly sensitive to fine dirt particles. It is, therefore, not surprising that most manufacturers of this type of component state in their literature that the purity of the oil used must have a purity grade better than NAS 6 or ISO 15/12, in order to avoid downtime and thus ensure a long life span.

Pump wear and pump breakdowns

Did you know that a pump with a flow rate of 200 l/min. and contaminated oil (NAS 12 or ISO 21/18) has to pump more than 3,000 kg of dirt particles per year? This same pump with a clean oil (NAS 4 or ISO 12/9) only needs to process 15kg.

In addition, metals are highly active catalyst and accelerate the oxidation process of the oil. This oxidation process is neutralised by anti-oxidation additives which are mixed to the oil. Through a process of polymerisation they adhere to the metallic particles and thus prevent direct contact between the oil on the one hand, and the metal on the other. However, new metallic particles require constant neutralising, which means that the additives are slowly being depleted.

Small metallic particles play an important part in this process as they represent such an enormous surface area (the smaller the particles, the greater their surface per unit of volume). Consequence: the higher the pollution, the faster acid develops in the oil and the faster the oil loses all its physical and chemical properties. A change of oil is then the only solution? No, that’s the wrong decision. Just clean, or better, purify your oil. That’s what we offer at Triple R.

Causes of proportional valve and servo-valve malfunctions

ISO 24/22/19 - NAS 12
ISO 15/12/9 - NAS 4

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