Using hydraulic accumulators in your hydraulic system can be advantageous, especially if you have a fixed-volume pump that operates over a long holding cycle. However, you need to be careful when choosing an accumulator. Purchasing a wrong one can lead to premature failure.
There are many different types of accumulators. Some are spring-loaded and some are gas-charged. The spring-loaded type is used on heavy-duty presses. The gas-charged type is used on hydraulic systems.
Some of the advantages of hydraulic accumulators are that they provide unlimited storage life and allow for the immediate availability of energy. However, they are also very expensive. They can be dangerous. If you are unfamiliar with their function, you could damage your hydraulic system.
A typical hydraulic system has a pump that continuously supplies hydraulic fluid under pressure to a cylinder. This pump is the driving member of the hydraulic system. It will frequently start and stop. Its performance is affected by the frequency of these starting and stopping cycles.
Hydraulic accumulators are designed to minimize the shock that can be caused by a sudden stop in the flow of the fluid. They also provide energy storage for use in low-demand periods.
The most common use of accumulators is to supplement the flow of a pump. They can add volume to the system at a fast rate. They are also used on power brakes, hatch covers on ships, and automotive suspensions. They are also used in emergency situations, where there is no power supply.