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

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 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          Viscosity          Pour point          Environmental fluids     Pneumatic Piping, Hoses and Connections     Cost of Air Leaks     Silencers     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          Actuators          Valve positioners     Converters          I-P converters          P-I converters 8 Sequencing Applications     Pneumatic Limit Switches     Logic Elements     Timers     More Complex Sequences     Pressure-Controlled Sequences     Modular Sequence Valves     Programmable Controllers     Distributed Systems 9 Safety, Fault-Finding and Maintenance     Safety     Cleanliness     Fault-Finding Instruments     Fault-Finding     Preventive Maintenance     Computer Simulation Appendix: Hydraulic and Pneumatic Symbols Index

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