Hydraulics - Theory

The theory of hydraulics is twofold: the movement of mechanics in a controlled manner and the amplification and transmission of force via a liquid medium. In combative terms this tends to mean crushing, piercing or cutting weaponary.

Hydraulics work in a fairly simple manner. To transfer a force from point A to point B, the two points are connected via a liquid (normally held in a fixed volume tube or pipe). When the liquid is pushed at point A, the whole of the liquid is moved forward. This in turn applies pressure to point B. (This is assuming a perfect, incompressible liquid). Because liquid is much less compressible than gas, it is generally able to transfer much higher forces more easily.

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