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As a safety screen accumulates particles, the pressure drop will slowly increase until the screen is almost fully clogged. Then the pressure drop increases dramatically. For example, consider a clean safety screen in a 3000 psi hydraulic system. At its normal flow rate the screen pressure drop is 6 psi. That same screen will see a pressure drop of only 150 psi when 80% clogged. However, at 95% clogged, the differential pressure jumps to 2500 psi. This phenomenon is represented by the following formula:

Where is the pressure drop across the screen when it is clean.


This rapid build up of pressure can be withstood by Lee HI-BAR Screens which should be specified whenever clogging can induce a high differential pressure.