Fluid Power Journal

Test Your Skills

Each month Fluid Power Journal brings you an industry problem with a solution the following month. 

Recognizing Misaligned Cylinders

Misalignment of a cylinder occurs when the load is not applied along the centerline of the rod. Many applications have a small amount of inherent misalignment …

Linear Displacement Sensors

The first factors to consider when selecting linear displacement sensors are the mechanical interface, dimensions, contact, noncontact, and environmental …

Selecting Vacuum Pads

Vacuum pads are primarily used for handling smooth surfaced material but can be used with textured or irregular shaped material as well. Because sheet glass …

The Function of Fluids

The word “fluid” refers to something that flows and can describe a gas or a liquid. A hydraulic system is the transmission of power by means of a …

Understanding Supply-Side Air Preparation

As air is compressed, the temperature of the air increases significantly. The compressor discharge air temperature is typically over 200°F (93°C) for a …

Test Your Skills: Application of Proportional Valves

There are many applications for proportional solenoids in the control of hydraulic pressure and flow in both mobile and industrial applications.  This article …

Test Your Skills: The Function of a Prime Mover

A complete hydraulic system must include an initial energy source. This energy source is referred to as the prime mover, and it must be considered when …

Test Your Skills: Types and Applications of Compressors

The generic term “supply side” is often used to refer to the complete package that includes the compressor, drive motor and associated hardware, as well as …

Test Your Skills: Understand the Application of Hydrostatic Systems

The typical hydrostatic transmission consists of a closed circuit where a pump provides flow to a hydraulic motor without the use of directional valves. The …

Test Your Skills: The Difference Between Isothermal and Adiabatic Conditions

Hydraulic accumulators use weights, springs, or gas pressure to generate the precharge force against the fluid that is stored for use in the system. …

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