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Cavitation damage example - axial piston pump cylinder block

Here you can see an example of how cavitation can cause damage to hydraulic components. In this case it's a cylinder block from a Komatsu axial piston pump. The erosion inside the bores managed to "eat through" bronze liners up to the barrel steel. For a brief description of this interesting phenomenon please read the article "Cavitation in Hydraulic Systems".