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Hose and Tube Routing

Hose Applications in Fluid Power Systems SAE Video cover

Note: Air-Way is proud to be an active participant in the development of the text and the video format of SAE J1273 - Recommended Practices for Hydraulic Hose Assemblies. These SAE documents are intended as guides to consider when selecting, routing, fabricating, installing, replacing, maintaining, and storing hose for fluid power systems.  Proper consideration of these factors can have a direct impact on the satisfactory performance of hose/tube assemblies and the fittings to which they are attached. Following the recommended practices outlined in SAE J1273 can reduce the likelihood of component or system failure. Air-Way supports these recommendations and can make a copy of the videotape version available to you on request. Please contact customer service for details.

The following figures provide a summary of commonly accepted best practices for hose and tube routing. These figures are not intended to be all-inclusive, but represent situations frequently encountered in routing hydraulic system conductors. In addition to these figures, several general guidelines should be observed in the planning of a fluid power system layout.

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1. Hydraulic system hose/tube assemblies and connectors are designed for the internal forces of conducted fluids. They are not designed to carry significant external loads. The routing and appropriate use of guards for these assemblies should protect them from external forces that could damage the hose/tube assembly or the fittings to which they are connected.  Special attention should be given in areas where the assemblies are likely to be used as a step or are in exposed areas subject to impact, abrasion or snagging. 

2. The pressurized fluids contained by the connectors and conductors in a fluid power system can cause property damage or personal injury. Some of the potential conditions to consider include:

  •  a. Fluid Injection - Pinhole leaks in high-pressure circuits can allow the release of pressurized fluid that can penetrate through the skin. Fluid injection injuries can cause severe injury and potential loss of limb. System planning should minimize the potential for fluid injections through careful routing, and the appropriate use of guards, shields and warnings in areas normally occupied by operators or maintenance personnel. In the event of a fluid injection type injury, immediately seek medical treatment. Do not delay or treat as a simple cut.
  • b. Burns - Hydraulic system fluids can reach temperatures high enough to burn skin. Component placement and system routing should be planned to minimize operator exposure to hot surfaces as well as potential contact with escaping fluids. Appropriate use of guards, shields and warnings should be considered in areas normally occupied by operators or maintenance personnel.
  • c. Physical Damage - In the event of a failure of a system component, physical damage can result from contact with ejected components, whipping hose or falling mechanisms. Loss of system control functions may result, such as sudden retraction of self-return mechanisms or loss of steering or brakes.

3. Proper alignment and assembly of components in a fluid power system is a major factor in the elimination of leaks and other system problems. Adequate space should be provided for access in all areas where connections need to be made during assembly or maintenance.

Hose and Tube Routing Fig 1 proper component alignment

Hose and Tube Routing Fig 2 Proper Clamping to reduce strain and vibration

use bends in hose tube assemblies

Fig 4 hose tube routing allow extra hose length

Fig 5 hose tube routing Use U Bends Drawing

Fig 6 Route hose tube assemblies to allow ease in assembly

Hose and tube Fig 7 Minimum Bend Radius

Adequate hose length to allow for movement

Provide shields to protect hose tube assemblies

how to prevent hose twist in hose and tube routing

routing hose assemblies

When routing hose assemblies between components

Fig.12 When routing hose assemblies between components which move in more than one plane relative to each other, provide clamping as required to isolate the motion to a single plane of bend for the hose. In installations where it is impossible to adequately clamp the hose assembly, use of live swivel joints in conjunction with proper clamping is recommended. Evaluate the total range of motion of the hose assembly to ensure that the minimum bend radius is not violated. Twisting of the hose will result in reduced pressure capability and can cause loosening of the fitting when the hose is pressurized. Live swivels permit rotational movement of the components under pressure without twisting of the hose. Bending the hose tighter than the minimum bend radius can exert excessive force on the connections and will reduce the hose service life.


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