If you’re familiar with using commercial hoses, you’re probably aware that it’s critical to visually inspect and test them every now and then. In addition, it’s critical that prior to even purchasing your hoses that your hoses have been properly tested by the manufacturer. These tests, both tests conducted by the manufacturer as well as tests conducted by you, can better ensure your safety when operating your hoses.
After all, the last thing you want is a hose failure to occur during operation. Operating without successfully passing these tests is only asking for danger or even bodily harm – potentially even death.
Apart from testing your hoses, it’s critical that hose assemblies are tested for the exact same reason: safety. If you happen to have hydraulic hoses assemblies, below are two different types of tests that are critical to conduct prior to even using a hydraulic hose assembly – regardless of the industry you’re in or the applications you plan on using your commercial hose for.
Proof Pressure Test
The whole purpose of conducting a pressure test on hose assemblies is to ensure that there are no leaks or signs of failure – which are two things that you wouldn’t want. If either of the two occur, the assemblies will not be safe to use going forward and can actually pose serious danger if they are used after a failed proof pressure test.
Normally, the proof pressure test is done at double the working pressure of the hose between 30 and 60 seconds.
When conducting a burst test, one shouldn’t notice leakage, signs of failure, or a burst hose. Like with the proof pressure test, if any of these things are noticed, the hose assemblies are not safe to use and, in turn, should not be used.
To conduct a burst test on hydraulic hose assemblies, the pressure is consistently increased beyond its proof pressure until the assembly is no longer able to be used due to failure. The max pressure or upper pressure range value of 6 to 10 times the max operating pressure is normally reached while this test is being conducted.
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