Hydraulic Power Sources

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"Hydraulic Power Sources" provides a detailed overview of the most common hydraulic pumps used in hydraulic systems. A hydraulic pump is the power source of a hydraulic system and requires a prime mover, such as a motor or engine, in order to create fluid flow. Hydraulic pumps include positive-displacement pumps such as gear pumps, vane pumps, and piston pumps. A hydraulic power source relies on many components that work together to form a complete hydraulic system. A foundational knowledge of hydraulic pumps is essential to understanding how a hydraulic system functions. After taking this class, users will have a comprehensive understanding of hydraulic pumps and pump ratings, such as flow capacity, pressure, and efficiency.

Course Objectives:

  • Explain the basic functions of a hydraulic pump
  • Distinguish between fluid displacement and flow capacity
  • Distinguish between types of positive displacement pumps
  • Describe the features of a gear pump
  • Describe the features of a vane pump
  • Describe the features of a piston pump
  • Describe the features of a hydraulic intensifier
  • Identify factors involved in prime mover selection
  • Explain how to determine a pump's required horsepower
  • Describe pressure ratings
  • Distinguish between types of efficiency.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Fluid Power, Power Distribution, Motor/Motion Control

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

1.5 hrs



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