Understanding hydro-pneumatic accumulators with HYDAC

Understanding hydro-pneumatic accumulators with HYDAC

HYDAC offers an online hydro-pneumatic accumulator training course to reduce the “alarming” knowledge deficit around this storage vessel. 

One of the most “critical aspects” of fluid power systems are hydro-pneumatic accumulators as they’re “common” and they’re “not well understood”.

This is according to HYDAC Training Manager Paul Marley.

“With this in mind I can’t emphasise enough how important it is to have training on hydro-pneumatic accumulators because they’re totally fundamental when it comes to understanding our hydraulic system as well as being potentially dangerous,” Mr Marley says.

“The training must include an understanding of fluids under pressure as well as the design, application, and hazards of hydro-pneumatic accumulators when working with them.”

Also important is that students can identify stored energy locations in complex hydraulic systems, which can prove difficult and dangerous.

Educational competencies overlook hydro-pneumatic accumulators

Mr Marley underscores that this type of training has been ignored by educational competencies.

“When they wrote the curriculum they forgot about accumulators because people from the fluid power industry weren't engaged,” he points out. 

“And because educational competencies don't address this training in any way, it is totally ignored by technical and further education or TAFE institutions and consequently can’t be accessed.

 “So, we have an industry of people maintaining hydraulic systems that know nothing about these things - an alarming fact.”

As a result, HYDAC’s training department compiled the online hydro-pneumatic accumulator training course. 

“The course encapsulates everything you could possibly want to know: it’s a detailed examination of hydro-pneumatic technology and its applications,” Mr Marley says.

Online training technology and tools

Mr Marley highlights that the course makes extensive use of available and relevant technologies and tools.

“We’re using extensive technology and tools, extensive videos and PowerPoint to describe processes and physical actions such as charging and discharging, testing, test pressures, and disassembly, inspection and reassembly,” he says.

Students answer questions and undertake assessments at the end of each section and participate in a review at the end of the course before receiving a HYDAC certificate. 

“The course ticks many boxes - it brings forward essential knowledge ignored by the national system. It really has turned out very well and I’m very proud of it,” Mr Marley concludes.

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