Viscosity of Hydraulic Fluid

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Viscosity of Hydraulic Fluid

Viscosity of Hydraulic Fluid: As with lubricating oils, viscosity is the most important characteristic of a hydraulic fluid and has a significant impact on the operation of a hydraulic system. If the viscosity is too high then friction, pressure drop, power consumption, and heat generation increase. Furthermore, sluggish operation of valves and servos may result. If the viscosity is too low, increased internal leakage may result under higher operating temperatures. The oil film may be insufficient to prevent excessive wear or possible seizure of moving parts, pump efficiency may decrease, and sluggish operation may be experienced.


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