Friday, 18 March 2011

Hydraulic Fluids

Hydraulic Fluids
Peter Hodges BSc. F.Inst.Pet. | 1996-07-12 00:00:00 | Butterworth-Heinemann | 167 | Engineering
* Reviews the development of modern hydraulic fluids
* Discusses the application and selection of hydraulic fluids through the investigation of their physical and chemical properties related to the operational requirements.
* Offers guidance on suitable maintenance routines

Since the first use of water as a hydraulic medium in the late 18th century, hydraulics has become an indispensable discipline of engineering science. Enormous technological advances have been made in the intervening years, but this has not been reflected in the available literature on the numerous fluids involved.

Based on 40 years of experience with Shell in Norway, this reference text brings together a comprehensive coverage of the behaviour and selection of hydraulic fluids. It includes a full analysis of recent advances in synthetic oils - media which will inevitably become more dominant as natural products become more scarce.

Hydraulic Fluids provides an overview that both students and professionals involved with hydraulics, whether concerned with the mechanical components or system design or selection and maintenance of the fluids themselves, will refer to again and again as it provides relevant information on all the major hydraulic fluids in a single volume.
Peter Hodges does an excellent job of touching on all of the highlights of hydraulic fluids. The book is broken down into the following chapters: Introduction, Types of Hydraulic Media, Mineral base oils, Additives, Synthetic Oils, Rheology, Compressibility, Anti-wear properties, Oxidation Stability, Demulsibility, Aeration problems, Filterability, Specifications, Hydraulic Fluids for military and aerospace applications, Selection of a suitable hydraulic fluid, test methods for hydraulic media, contamination, deterioration and maintenance, analysis of used hydraulic oil, fire-resistant fluids, hydraulic brake fluids, future perspectives, health and safety and hydraulic fluids and the environment.

It is a very thin book at only 167 pages! But, its comprehensive nature makes it well worth having. I have been referring to it for a number of years. While the book does not go into any great tribological or rheological diatribes, it provides a solid technical overview in plain language and does not dwell too much on theories and formulas. Other books can fill in the physics and engineering aspects of lubrication, but this is a good first place to start when pondering a fluid related question.

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