Understanding Hydraulic Hose Standards

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Hydraulic hoses are a critical component in a wide range of machinery and systems, providing the necessary flexibility for fluid power transmission. The performance and safety of hydraulic systems heavily depend on the quality and reliability of the hoses used. To ensure these requirements are met, various standards have been established to guide the manufacture, testing, and application of hydraulic hoses. This article delves into these standards, highlighting their importance and the key aspects they cover.

Importance of Hydraulic Hose Standards

  • Safety Assurance
  • Consistent Quality
  • Compatibility and Interchangeability
  • Performance Reliability
  • Quality Control
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Long-Term Cost Savings

Key Hydraulic Hoses Standards

SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) Standards

  • SAE J517: This is a comprehensive set of standards that covers hose construction, dimensions, performance, and identification markings. It classifies hoses into different types based on pressure ranges and lays out the requirements for material quality, strength, and flexibility.
  • SAE J1754: This set of standards includes guidelines for hose assemblies, covering aspects like hose construction, fitting types, and assembly practices.

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) Standards

  • ISO 18752: This standard simplifies the selection process by categorizing hoses based on their maximum working pressure and temperature range. It also defines the requirements for hose and material construction, sizes, and performance characteristics.
  • ISO 1436: Covers specifications for wire-reinforced rubber hoses and hose assemblies.

EN (European Norm) Standards

  • EN 853 to EN 857: These standards specify requirements for various types of rubber hoses and hose assemblies used in hydraulic systems, including dimensions, performance requirements, and testing methods.

SAE Hydraulic Standards We Should Know

SAE100 R1

For petroleum- and water-based hydraulic fluids

Temperatures from 140 to 100℃.

Type A: synthetic rubber, a single wire braid reinforcement, and synthetic rubber cover.

Type AT: as above but includes a cover.

SAE100 R2

As 100R1 except with steel-wire reinforcement

Type A has two wire braids.

Type B has one braid and two spiral plies.

Type AT is the same as Type A, but includes a cover.

Type BT is the same as Type B but includes a cover.

SAE100 R3

As 100R1 and 100R2 except reinforcement is made of two textile braids.

SAE100 R4

For low-pressure and vacuum applications.

For petroleum- and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperatures between 140 and 100 ℃.

Consists of synthetic rubber, single or multiple woven or braided textiles and wire spiral and synthetic rubber cover.

SAE100 R5

For petroleum and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperatures between 140 and 100 ℃.

Synthetic rubber, two textile braids with a high-tensile-strength steel-wire braid in between.

Braids are impregnated with an oil and mildew resistant synthetic rubber compound.

SAE100 R6

For petroleum- and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperatures between 140° to 100° C.

Synthetic rubber, textile braid reinforcement, synthetic rubber cover.

SAE100 R7

A thermoplastic hose.

For petroleum and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperature range from 140 to 93 ℃.

Thermoplastic inner tube, synthetic-fibre reinforcement, thermoplastic cover.

Nonconductive version has an orange cover.

SAE100 R8

A high-pressure thermoplastic hose.

For synthetic, petroleum and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperatures from 140 to 93 ℃.

Thermoplastic inner tube, synthetic-fibre reinforcement, thermoplastic cover.

Non conductive version has an orange cover.

SAE100 R9

For petroleum- and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperatures from 140 to 100 ℃.

Type A: synthetic rubber, four wire spirals going in alternating directions, synthetic rubber cover. May include a material braid to join the synthetic rubber to the wire.

Type AT same as Type A but with a cover.

SAE100 R10

Type A: As type A above but using heavy wire.

Type AT: As AT above.

SAE100 R11

As above but with six heavy wire spirals going in alternating directions.

SAE100 R12

Same as 100R9 except suitable for temperatures between 140 to 121 ℃.

SAE100 R13

As with 100R12 but with multiple heavy wire spirals going in alternating directions.

May include material braid to join synthetic rubber to the wire.

SAE100 R14

For petroleum-, synthetic-, and water-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperatures between 154 and 204 ℃.

Type A: polytetrafluorethylene (PTFE) reinforced with a 303XX stainless steel braid.

Type B: same as Type A, but to avoid electrostatic charge has a conductive inner layer.

SAE100 R15

For petroleum-based hydraulic fluids.

Temperature range between 140 and 121 ℃.

Synthetic rubber, multiple heavy wire spirals going in alternating directions, rubber cover.

May have a material braid to attach the synthetic rubber to the wire.

SAE100 R16

For petroleum- and water-based hydraulic fluids

Temperatures between 140 and 100 ℃.

Synthetic rubber, one or two braids of steel wire, synthetic rubber cover.

May have a material braid to attach the synthetic rubber to the wire.

What These Hydraulic Hose Standards Cover?

Material Specifications

  • Rubber Compounds: Standards specify the types and quality of rubber compounds used in hose construction to ensure durability, flexibility, and resistance to hydraulic fluids.
  • Reinforcement Materials: Requirements for reinforcement materials, such as steel wire braids or spiral layers, are outlined to determine the strength and stability of the hose.

Hose Construction

  • Layering and Composition: Standards define the layering and composition of the hose, including the inner tube, reinforcement layers, and outer cover. These specifications ensure that hoses are structurally sound and suitable for their intended applications.
  • Dimensions: Hose size, length, diameter, wall thickness, and other dimensions are detailed to ensure uniformity and compatibility with fittings and connectors.

Performance Requirements

  • Pressure Ratings: Standards specify the maximum working pressure of hoses, often categorized into different pressure ranges to match specific applications.
  • Temperature Range: Temperature requirements outline the operational limits of hoses, ensuring they perform safely and reliably in both high and low-temperature environments.
  • Bend Radius: Minimum bend radius specifications help prevent hose kinking, which can damage hoses and restrict fluid flow.
  • Impulse Testing: Guidelines for impulse testing determine a hose’s resistance to pressure fluctuations and cyclic loading, ensuring it can withstand the dynamic demands of hydraulic systems.

Testing Procedures

  • Burst Pressure Testing: Standards outline procedures for testing hoses to determine their burst pressure, which is the maximum pressure a hose can withstand before failure.
  • Flexibility and Bend Testing: Testing methods evaluate the flexibility and bend characteristics of hoses to ensure they meet specified requirements.
  • Abrasion Resistance Testing: Standards include tests to measure a hose’s resistance to abrasion and wear, especially important in rugged applications.

Marking and Identification

  • Labeling: Standards require hoses to be labeled with essential information, such as size, type, pressure rating, manufacturer, and compliance with specific standards.
  • Color Coding: In some cases, hoses may be color-coded to indicate their intended use or compatibility with particular fluids.

Assembly Guidelines

  • Fittings and Connectors: Standards may include guidelines for selecting and properly installing fittings and connectors to ensure leak-free connections.
  • Crimping and Assembly Practices: Assembly practices, including crimping techniques, are often specified to maintain hose integrity.

Regulatory Compliance

  • Industry-Specific Regulations: In certain industries, such as aerospace or automotive, additional regulations may apply to hydraulic hoses. Standards often incorporate these industry-specific requirements.

Quality Control

  • Manufacturing Processes: Standards may require manufacturers to follow specific manufacturing processes to maintain consistent quality and reliability.

Environmental Responsibility

  • Environmental Considerations: Some standards include guidelines for responsible manufacturing and disposal practices to promote environmental sustainability.


The hydraulic hose standards governing hydraulic hoses play a vital role in ensuring the safety, reliability, and efficiency of hydraulic systems. By adhering to these standards, manufacturers, and users of hydraulic hoses can be confident in the performance and safety of their products and systems. Whether in construction, manufacturing, automotive, or any other industry relying on hydraulic systems, understanding and following these standards is essential for operational success and safety.


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