Load Sensing Hydraulics

Published: January 31, 2018 | Last updated: July 5, 2023

What Does Load Sensing Hydraulics Mean?

Load sensing hydraulics is a technology that automatically adjusts pressure and flow rate based on the amount of fluid passing through a metered orifice. This feedback calibrates the hydraulic flow in a continuous process. Hydraulic equipment is commonly used in trenchless construction operations.


Trenchlesspedia Explains Load Sensing Hydraulics

Unlike a pressure compensated pump, which automatically reduces flow based on system pressure, a pump with load sensing hydraulics also has a flow compensator that responds to a system flow control valve. Load sensing allows the load — the amount of fluid — to determine the flow rate.

Load sensing is a type of pump control. Using sensitive springs and gauges, load sensing can save substantial amounts of power, making the hydraulic system more efficient and cost-effective.


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