Cylinders in Parallel

Figure 1.10 shows a hydraulic circuit in which two cylinders are arranged in parallel. When the two cylinders are identical, the loads on the cylinders are identical, and then extension and retraction are synchronized. If the loads are not identical, the cylinder with smaller load extends first. Thus, the two cylinders are not synchronized. Practically, no two cylinders are identical, because of packing(seals)friction differences. This prevents cylinder synchronization for this circuit.

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