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Fluid Power Basics

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Hydraulics & Pneumatics Editor Alan Hitchcox...
has curated a timeless collection of some of the best articles on fluid power written by consultant and educator Bud Trinkel. This is an essential guide for engineers and technician who work with fluid power.

Topics include:

  • Fluid power in industrial applications
  • Hydraulic fluids
  • System and machine plumbing
  • ISO symbols

Consider this collection as a short course in fluid power technology. Hopefully it will fill in the gaps of your own knowledge and foster further interest in hydraulics and pneumatics.

Chapter 1: Fluid Power in Industrial Applications. This chapter gives you an overview into what fluid power is and how to apply it in the industry.

Chapter 2: Hydraulic Fluids. Read this chapter to understand how to use the correct fluid for the application desired.

Chapter 3: System and Machine Plumbing. Poor plumbing practices can permanently cripple a perfectly designed fluid power circuit. In this chapter, we’ll explore the numerous ways that assist in specifying the correct systems for your circuit.

Chapter 4: ISO Symbols. Dive into a glossary of ISO symbols to help you understand fluid power components and systems on schematic drawings.

Bud Trinkel

Content for this e-book was written by Bud Trinkel, a consultant and educator in fluid power technology. He developed this material to use in his classes and gave Hydraulics & Pneumatics the exclusive right to edit and republish this valuable information. Unfortunately, Bud passed away in 2009, but his legacy lives on with this compendium of educational information for those seeking a greater understanding of fluid power components, circuits, and systems.

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