Hydraulics and Pneumatics - 3rd Edition - ISBN: 9780080966748, 9780080966755

Hydraulics and Pneumatics

3rd Edition

A Technician's and Engineer's Guide

Authors: Andrew Parr
eBook ISBN: 9780080966755
Paperback ISBN: 9780080966748
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


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


Work, energy and power


Pascal’s Law

Pressure Measurement

Fluid Flow


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


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


Air dryers


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


Mounting arrangements

Cylinder dynamics


Rotary Actuators

Constructional details

Application Notes

Speed control

Actuator synchronization


Counterbalance and dynamic braking

Pilot-operated check valves

Pre-fill and compression relief

Bellows Actuator

6 Hydraulic and Pneumatic Accessories

Hydraulic Reservoirs

Hydraulic Accumulators

Hydraulic Coolers and Heat Exchangers

Hydraulic Fluids


Pour point

Environmental fluids

Pneumatic Piping, Hoses and Connections

Cost of Air Leaks


Hydraulic Piping, Hosing and Connections

Hydraulic and Pneumatic Fuses

7 Process Control Pneumatics

Signals and Standards

The Flapper-Nozzle

Volume Boosters

The Air Relay and the Force Balance Principle

Pneumatic Controllers

Process Control Valves and Actuators

Flow control valves


Valve positioners


I–P converters

P–I converters

8 Sequencing Applications

Pneumatic Limit Switches

Logic Elements


More Complex Sequences

Pressure-Controlled Sequences

Modular Sequence Valves

Programmable Controllers

Distributed Systems

9 Safety, Fault-Finding and Maintenance



Fault-Finding Instruments


Preventive Maintenance

Computer Simulation

Appendix: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Symbols



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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”.

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Former Industrial Control Engineer, Sheerness Steel, UK

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