From Dinosaurs to Roller Coasters – Discover the Magic of Hydraulics…Harper Jenny
Hydraulic power is defined as flow multiplied by pressure. The hydraulic power supplied by a pump is: Power = (P x Q) ÷ 600…
Wait… stop right there! There is absolutely no denying that hydraulics is a complicated matter, but let’s leave the mathematical calculations in the safe hands of the engineers and explore the magic beyond the scientific calculations.
Many people take Pascal’s Law and fluid power for granted without realising the enormous impact hydraulics have all around us and their pioneering break-though in new innovations and research.
Here at Hydraulics Online, we understand that we’re not merely providing hydraulic components; we’re providing amazing solutions powered by fluid! In fact, we would put our necks out to say that hydraulic power is one of the most important technological advancements of all time. It’s used in so many everyday applications, from car braking systems and dishwashers to fuel pumps and amusement park rides.
So what exactly are hydraulics?
Hydraulics is an engineering discipline that generates power via the use of pressurised liquids. To illustrate it in more simple terms, hydraulics power the jet of water sprayed by a child’s water pistol or the suction of a sink plunger.
Advanced hydraulics can be found in heavy earth-moving equipment, cranes and lifting platforms, industrial machinery and off-road vehicles. They are even hard at work in the human body! You can download our e-book ‘The Beginner’s Guide to Hydraulics’ here.
Let’s take a closer look at some amazing facts about hydraulics and the applications in which they are used. Fasten your seat belts. Let’s go…
In partnership with Heritage Concorde, Hydraulics Online has helped restore life to three retired Concorde aircraft. A custom-made hydraulic system allows the visor and nose to be lowered and raised at any time. You could say they’re the best nose jobs in history! READ MORE >
Elon Musk’s ground-breaking SpaceX Hyperloop Project
Hydraulics play an important part in pioneering research and innovation. Hydraulics Online’s collaboration in the SpaceX Hyperloop prototype pod, engineered by the HypED team at Edinburgh University, involved technical expertise and hydraulic equipment for the pod’s dynamic high-speed braking system. READ MORE >
Did you know? Although the main purpose of a wind turbine is to convert the air around us into electricity, sometimes they need a helping hand from hydraulics to provide the muscle that pitches the wind-turbine blades. READ MORE >
State-of-the-Art Lifts / Elevators
Hydraulics are used to power lifts of all shapes and sizes, including one of the most exotic elevators and lifts in the world – the hydraulic lift in the Louvre, Paris. READ MORE >
Click through to the National Geographic website to read about how this giant, ship-mounted hydraulic lift hoists great white sharks out of the ocean off the Mexican coast, offering unprecedented research opportunities. READ MORE >
Did you know? Theme parks = Hydraulics fun land! Most attractions like the Oblivion, the big wheel & the roller coasters are all powered by hydraulics in one way, shape or form. READ MORE >
Have YOU come across any other examples of amazing hydraulic applications? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
Hydraulics are a powerful force. We feel extremely lucky to operate within this extraordinary global industry, whether it’s preserving the past or propelling new innovations into the future – we love powering the world!
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