Hydraulic Fluids – A Guide to Selection, Test Methods and Use

Industrial Lubrication and Tribology

ISSN: 0036-8792

Article publication date: 1 August 2004




(2004), "Hydraulic Fluids – A Guide to Selection, Test Methods and Use", Industrial Lubrication and Tribology, Vol. 56 No. 4. https://doi.org/10.1108/ilt.2004.01856dae.001



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Hydraulic Fluids – A Guide to Selection, Test Methods and Use

Hydraulic Fluids – A Guide to Selection, Test Methods and Use

M. RadhakrishnanAmerican Society of Mechanical EngineersISBN 0791801845267 pp. (Hardcover)

Keywords: Hydraulics, Fluids, Testing, Methods

Mr Radhakrishnan has had a distinguished career both academically and in machine tool design. Clearly modern machine tools rely heavily on hydraulic and so it was with great interest that this book was received.

The author has successfully produced a textbook that is a valuable reference both to those in the lubricant industry and mechanical and design engineers.

The basic properties and test methods of mineral oils are described in the book in an easy to follow manner. High water content, five resistant and biodegradable fluids are also covered in a way that provides a broad insight into these products.

Practical information is given on maintaining hydraulic fluids. Handling fluids when they no longer are able to provide the required performance is an area of great and increasing importance. Unfortunately, it is also an area usually neglected in the literature. It is very pleasing to see this subject being given as much attention in this book as other topics.

The authors “epilogue” contains views shared by many of us. However, we delude ourselves that we still live in an industrial world where our field of tribology is not understated. More essentially its importance is not understood.

This is an excellent textbook that will provide an essential background to hydraulic oils and which hopefully encourages the reader to seek for more knowledge. It very successfully bridges the gap between the academic theorist and the practical engineer.

More books of this type are needed to help those wishing to understand more of the tribological world.

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