Hydraulic Cylinders – How They Work

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Hydraulic cylinders are mechanical devices for transferring power using high-pressure oil that works against the piston surface area in the cylinder.

Hydraulic cylinders provide linear forces in one axis in one or two directions (each known as single or multiple working cylinders).

Cylinders usually consist of 4 or 5 components:

– Tube

– Piston (optional)

– stick

– glands

– Close the tip

In a typical hydraulic cylinder with piston, oil is inserted at both ends through several types of 'ports' and the piston is sealed into a tube with a double working seal and also between the stem and gland with a single working seal. In addition, you will usually find swab seals used in the glands to keep dirt out. This illustration is known as a double working cylinder. You can navigate to https://www.athydraulics.com.au/hydraulic-cylinders.html know more about hydraulic cylinders.

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This is the pressure acting on the piston surface which causes the hydraulic cylinder to produce linear motion. Because the rod is attached to the piston, the rod also moves. The application of hydraulic pressure through the port to one side of the piston causes it to move in one direction and applying pressure through the port to the opposite side of the piston will cause it to move in the opposite direction.

In a single working cylinder, oil only works on one side of the piston so that it can only be moved mechanically in one direction. External forces (gravity, or sometimes springs or other hydraulic cylinders) give the force opposite direction.

Single-acting cylinders can also be of the type of "displacement" where oil pressure works directly at the end of the rod, and there is no piston. In this cylinder design, the force is limited by the surface area of the rod, while in the cylinder with the piston, the size of the rod can be any and the force can be calculated or controlled by the piston design.