Hydraulics and Pneumatics

3rd Edition

A Technician's and Engineer's Guide

Authors: Andrew Parr
Paperback ISBN: 9780080966748
eBook ISBN: 9780080966755
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 28th January 2011
Page Count: 248
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Hydraulics and Pneumatics: A Technician's and Engineer's Guide serves as a guide to the hydraulic and pneumatic systems operations. It features mathematical content that has been presented in a style understandable even to beginners and non-experts. It has nine chapters that cover both hydraulic and pneumatic machinery, their fundamental principles including safety standards and regulations. The book also features abundant referencing, updated web links, and masterful tables for easier understanding of the concepts covered. The text is written to serve as an introductory reference for novices and students in pneumatics and hydraulics. It is also invaluable and can be used as primary reference for control, manufacturing, mechanical, and electrical engineers, operations managers, and technicians working with hydraulic and pneumatic equipment.

Key Features

  • Covers both hydraulic and pneumatic machinery, with a practical, practitioner-led approach that does not demand great theoretical and mathematical understanding
  • Thorough and updated coverage of safety standards, helping control engineers and shop floor managers to ensure their operations are in compliance with regulations
  • More abundant referencing, new and updated web-links, look-up tables and graphical keys offer even easier referencing while providing quick access to other related materials


Control, fluid power, manufacturing, mechanical and electro-mechanical engineers, technicians and operations managers working with hydraulic and pneumatic systems and equipment. Students enrolled at lower level college or trade school students taking classes in pneumatics and hydraulics

Table of Contents

Preface 1 Fundamental Principles Industrial Prime Movers A Brief System Comparison An electrical system A hydraulic system A pneumatic system A comparison Definition of Terms Mass and force Pressure Work, energy and power Torque Pascal’s Law Pressure Measurement Fluid Flow Temperature Temperature scales Temperature measurement Gas Laws 2 Hydraulic Pumps and Pressure Regulation Pressure Regulation Pump Types Gear pumps Vane pumps Piston pumps Combination pumps Loading Valves Pump Problems Filters 3 Air Compressors, Air Treatment and Pressure Regulation Compressor Types Piston compressors Screw compressors Rotary compressors Dynamic compressors Air Receivers and Compressor Control Air Treatment Stages of air treatment Filters Air dryers Lubricators Air classification Pressure Regulation Relief valves Non-relieving pressure regulators Relieving pressure regulators Service Units 4 Control Valves Graphic Symbols Types of Control Valve Poppet valves Spool valves Rotary valves Pilot-Operated Valves Check Valves Pilot-operated check valves Restriction check valves Shuttle and Fast Exhaust Valves Sequence Valves Time-Delay Valves Proportional Valves Servo Valves Modular Valves and Manifolds Cartridge Logic Valves 5 Actuators Linear Actuators Construction Mounting arrangements Cylinder dynamics Seals Rotary Actuators Constructional details Application Notes Speed control Actuator synchronization Regeneration Counterbalance and


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About the Author

Andrew Parr

Andrew Parr is an Industrial Control Engineer, recently retired from ASW Sheerness Steel, Sheerness, UK who worked in the steel industry for over thirty years. In 1980 he began specializing in sequence and closed loop control systems using Programmable Controllers (PLCs) with hydraulic and pneumatic actuators. He has written fifteen books on electronics and process control including Logic Designers Handbook, Industrial Control Handbook, Programmable Controllers, Control Engineering, along with many amateur- level books, among them Introduction to Operational Amplifiers. His books have been widely translated into many languages, including Japanese, Polish, and Swedish. He and has presented papers at various international conferences, including ones on “Automation Systems in the Steel Industry” and on “Automated Fault Diagnostics”.

Affiliations and Expertise

Former Industrial Control Engineer, Sheerness Steel, UK