7 Ways to Extend the Life of Your Swagelok Hose
by Jeff Hopkins, on 4/3/13 7:00 AM
Important selection considerations and tips on correctly installing your Swagelok hose; join us for our Swagelok hose selection webinar to learn how to pick the right hose for your application
System pressures changes: Be sure to allow sufficient hose length to accommodate changing system pressures. Learn more about proper hose selection at our webinar this Thursday. Register now »
In our previous blog, we talked about how there is a lot more to selecting a hose than most people realize. There is also a lot more to installing a hose than people realize. Here are two key Swagelok hose selection considerations and 7 installation tips that will help extend the life of your hose and prevent premature hose failure.
Take into consideration hose movement, system pressurization, and thermal expansion when determining hose length. Installing hose that does not have sufficient length to accommodate these factors may reduce hose life.
Minimum Bend Radius
Follow minimum bend radius requirements for your hose. The Swagelok hose catalog and most other hose manufacturers' catalogs list the minimum bend radius for each hose. Installing hose with smaller bends may kink hose and reduce hose life.
Hose rupture or leakage
Hose Rupture or leakage may result from bending too close to the hose fitting end connection.
Elbows and adapters can be used to relieve hose strain.
Distribute movement and prevent bends smaller than the hose's minimum bend radius by providing sufficient hose length.
Allow for changes in length resulting from amchine motion and tolerances.
Bending in one plane
Avoid twisting the hose by bending it in one plane only. For a compound bend, use multiple hose pieces or other isolation methods.
Length and minimum bend radius are two of the key considerations when selecting a Swagelok hose. This Thursday, learn more about hose selection by attending our webinar, "5 Steps to Selecting the Right Hose for Your Fluid System". Register now »