Hydraulic Principles and System Design

Provided by: ToolingU

"Hydraulic Principles and System Design" provides an overview of the process used to design a basic hydraulic system. Hydraulic system design requires familiarity with the components of a hydraulic system and the various fluid power formulas used when sizing hydraulic components. Engineers use fluid power formulas to solve for variables such as horsepower, flow rate, and pressure. After taking this class, users will be familiar with the fluid power formulas used when designing a hydraulic system. A knowledge of fluid power formulas and hydraulic system design helps employees to correctly size components and perform troubleshooting.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe a basic hydraulic system
  • Explain how to determine effective piston area
  • Explain how to calculate a cylinder actuator's theoretical output force
  • Describe considerations when selecting cylinder bore diameter
  • Explain how to match cylinder stroke length to a load
  • Explain how to determine the pump flow rate needed for a specific cylinder speed
  • Determine the pump flow rate needed for a specific motor speed
  • Determine a hydraulic motor's theoretical torque
  • Determine the prime mover horsepower needed to drive a pump
  • Describe factors involved in sizing a conductor
  • Describe how to select conductors based on pressure ratings
  • Describe filter selection criteria
  • Describe environmental and safety considerations involved in hydraulic system design.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.

Course ID







Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Effectiveness, Fluid Power, Hydralic System

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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