Hydraulic systems generate heat due to the friction and resistance within the system components, which can cause the hydraulic fluid to become too hot. If the fluid gets too hot, it can lead to system damage, reduced efficiency, and shortened component lifespan.
hydraulic system oil cooler
To prevent this from happening, hydraulic systems are often equipped with oil coolers. An oil cooler is a heat exchanger that removes heat from the hydraulic fluid, allowing it to operate at a safe and optimal temperature range.
The oil cooler typically consists of a radiator-like structure, through which the hydraulic fluid flows. The structure is usually exposed to an external airflow or cooled by a separate cooling system such as a fan or water. As the hot fluid flows through the cooler, heat is transferred to the cooler’s exterior and dissipated into the surrounding air, thus reducing the fluid’s temperature.
Overall, the oil cooler is essential for maintaining the hydraulic system’s performance and longevity by preventing overheating of the hydraulic fluid.