Thermal analysis of a bucket wheel reclaimer’s hydraulic system

26 Nov 2021In The News, Projects

This is a simplified system overview of a bucket wheel reclaimer.

Bucket wheel reclaimers are used to reclaim stacked material from stockpiles. They play an integral role in the iron ore industry. Overheated oil in its hydraulic system leads to:

1. Failure of the hydraulic seals and leakage

2. Oil viscosity decrease that reduces the hydraulic oil’s ability to lubricate moving components

3. Accelerated changes in the chemical properties of hydraulic oil

These factors contribute to the increase in machine down time and lost production time.

Our team of experts conducted the thermal analysis of the bucket wheel reclaimer’s hydraulic system by creating a simulation in Automation Studio.