The hydraulic system is one of the most common methods to move fluids throughout an area. The process involves two valves, one at each end of the pipeline. This allows for movement in only one direction. A pump pushes fluid through a pipe and into another chamber with an open valve. It is then pushed through another pipe by gravity or pressure, then into another chamber with an open valve where it is pushed through another pipe.
The process of hydraulic pumping has various applications, as discussed below.
Hydraulic pumping can increase elevation in regions experiencing sea-level rise due to climate change. This increases the available land area and allows people to continue living in their current homes without relocating or purchasing new land. Drought conditions may also be relieved by using hydraulic pumps to decrease pumping costs and provide alternative water sources.
Agricultural Industry Uses
Another use for this technology is in the agricultural industry. For example, low-lying fields are often flooded with water, then drained before planting crops or reseeding grasses. If this process utilizes a hydraulic pump that is powered by renewable energy, then the process can be considered low-carbon and sustainable.
Used for Pumping Water
Hydraulic pumps are also used with wind turbines to pump water from one location to another. The wind turbine provides energy for this hydraulic pump during high demand. Less electricity is needed from a non-renewable source such as natural gas.
Used in Construction Projects
In construction projects, hydraulic pumping can transport concrete, water, and other materials throughout a project site. This is particularly efficient when large machinery cannot navigate through a construction site. Transporting the materials using them would be time-consuming and costly.
Hydraulic pumping is used for different reasons, depending on the project’s goal. Hydraulic pistons are used to create pressure in hydraulic fluid. They are cylinders with a plunger inside that compresses the fluid inside when pushed out or pulled in. Pistons can be connected to other pistons for amplification of power.