Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Hydraulics and Pneumatics, 3rd Edition

A technician's and engineer's guide

Hydraulics and Pneumatics, 3rd Edition,Andrew Parr,ISBN9780080966748






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A truly practical guide to the operation of hydraulic and pneumatic systems for all engineers and technicians

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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.


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.


Primary Audience: Control, fluid power, manufacturing, mechanical and electro-mechanical engineers, technicians and operations managers working with hydraulic and pneumatic systems and equipment.

Secondary Audience: Students enrolled at lower level college or trade school students taking classes in pneumatics and hydraulics.

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

Hydraulics and Pneumatics, 3rd Edition

Fundamental principles: Industrial prime movers; A brief system comparison; Definition of terms; Pascal's law; Pressure measurement; Fluid flow; Temperature; Gas laws. Hydraulic pumps and pressure regulation: Pressure regulation; Pump types; Pump Problems; Loading valves; Filters. Air compressors, air treatment and pressure regulation: Compressor types; Air receivers and compressor control; Air treatment; Pressure regulation; Service units. Control valves: Graphic symbols; Types of control valve; Pilot-operated valves; Check valves; Shuttle and fast exhaust valves; Sequence valves; Time delay valves; Proportional valves; Servo valves; modular valves and manifolds; Cartridge logic valves. Actuators: Linear actuators; Seals; Rotary actuators; Application notes. Hydraulic and pneumatic accessories: Hydraulic reservoirs; Hydraulic accumulators; Hydraulic coolers and heat rechangers; Hydraulic fluids; Pneumatic piping, hoses and connections; Cost of Air Leaks; Silencers; Hydraulic piping, hoses and connections; Hydraulic & Pneumatic Fuses. Process control pneumatics: Signals and standards; The flapper-nozzle; Volume boosters; The air relay and the force balance principles; Pneumatic controllers; Process control valves and actuators; Converters. Sequencing Applications: Introduction;Pneumatic Limit Switches; Logic Elements; Timers;More Complex Sequences;Pressure Controlled Sequences;Modular Sequence Valves;Programmable Controllers;Distributed Systems. Safety, fault-finding and maintenance: Safety; Cleanliness; Fault-finding instruments; Fault-finding; Preventative maintenance; Computer Simulation.Appendix: Hydraulic & Pneumatic Symbols.

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