Lubricant leak detection

Using UV dye for leak detection

Posted :
02-22-2016
Category :
Industrial lubricant tips

Hydraulic leaks can be a real drain on productivity. In addition to impacts on operating costs, hydraulic leaks can lead to several safety issues, including high pressure injection hazards, mechanical hazards, fire hazards and slips, and can contribute to a number of environmental issues.

Common causes of leaks include:

  • High pressures
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Loosened fittings as a result of vibration
  • Seal swell, shrinkage or wear

The chart below is used to estimate the cost of leakage as analyzed by drops per second.

Oil Lost from Leakage:

Leakage Loss in One Day (Gallons) Loss in One Month (Gallons) Loss in One Year (Gallons)
One drop in 10 seconds 0.1 3.4 40
One drop in 5 seconds 0.2 6.8 81
One drop per second 1.1 33.8 405
Three drops per second 3.4 101.3 1,215
Drops break into stream 24.0 720.0 8,640
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