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The objective of this project was to produce a method of detecting hydraulic fluid pressure in hoses to reduce the risks associated with stored energy by means of a non invasive device.
The project was managed as three stages with the following objectives:
· Stage 1 was to define the single technology to be pursued and appropriate research organisation to be involved in the subsequent project stages for detecting pressure of fluid in hoses by a non-invasive means.
· Stage 2 was to collect data relating to the deformation properties of a wide range of hydraulic hoses, and to analyse this data to reveal whether the use of the proposed clamping device is feasible in detecting fluid under pressure.
· Stage 3 was to to develop a prototype of the hand-held noninvasive device which can detect fluid under pressure.
Through a process of research, testing, data collection, and design, Custom Fluidpower has succeeded in developing a proven prototype of a non-invasive hand held device for the purpose of detecting hydraulic hoses under pressure.
The next process, outside of the scope of this ACARP project, economic and application feasibility dependant, is to refine the prototype and make it market ready including an intrinsically safe model.