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Good / Must Have Fluid Power Engineering Books?

cray54 (Mechanical) (OP)
29 Sep 09 19:54
I'd like to start educating myself on fluid power.  I'm looking for a thorough Fluid Power Engineering book to use for both my education and some basic hydraulic system design.  I would prefer a book that covers theory, applications and real-world examples, but am open to suggestions.

I have been looking for a while without finding a solid answer.  The two I've found that seem reasonable are the "Industrial Fluid Power" 3 Volume Series from Womack and "Fluid Power with Applications" by Anthony Esposito.

What would be ideal?  What other books / references might be considered "must haves"?

electricpete (Electrical)
29 Sep 09 22:15
Here is a free book on fluid flow fundamentals and pumping:
thread407-221414: Free book on fluid flow fundamentals (basic) and pumping

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acmohs (Mechanical)
2 Oct 09 10:26
Doesn't cover theory and design so much, but is an indespensible tool for application:

Fluid Power Designer's Lightning Reference Handbook 8th Edition

PNachtwey (Electrical)
2 Oct 09 10:36
For design work I recommend the Jack Johnson books and the one by Keller. The book by Keller is a little dated but the physics and math haven't changed in the last million years as they are forever.

Peter Nachtwey
Delta Computer Systems


cray54 (Mechanical) (OP)
28 Oct 09 15:14
After much deliberation, I just placed an order for "Hydraulic System Analysis by George R. Keller, P.E."  I had another recommendation for "Fluid Power Engineering by M. Rabie" but decided to try the less expensive book first.  We'll see how this goes...

Cbrunner (Industrial)
5 Nov 09 17:24
I enjoyed the Womac series of books - they too are dated but the material is still valid.   
unclesyd (Materials)
7 Nov 09 13:20
You might want to checkout this site for online training.  The second url is the current prices.
Hydromechdude (Aerospace)
9 Nov 09 14:23
cray 54, I'm dangerously close to ordering that same book for myself.  Let me know what you think of it when you get it.

Are you working with/on industrial hydraulic systems?

cray54 (Mechanical) (OP)
9 Nov 09 15:16
unclesyd -  I'm actually looking for a more comprehensive engineering-design oriented education (these links indicate they are for understanding existing systems more than creating new ones)

Hydromechdude - I'll be traveling this week (lots of time for light reading), so I should have a feel for this book by Friday if you can wait until then...

Define "industrial".  The work I expect to be doing will be for smaller systems but with heavy duty applications.  I expect the answer would be "no" or "maybe".

Hydromechdude (Aerospace)
10 Nov 09 8:27
Thanks Chris.  It's no rush...I didn't mean to come off as demanding.  If you've got the time to share your opinion of the book, that would be great.

Regarding industrial, I was mostly thinking systems that would use heavy/large components, i.e. construction equipment.  Industrial is pretty ambiguous, but it is significantly different than aircraft systems.  

I'm about 95% certain that Keller was a Boeing hydro-mech systems engineer in the 60's/70's.  I would have thought that the book was tailored more towards aircraft systems design, but I couldn't answer that without looking at it first.
Cbrunner (Industrial)
10 Nov 09 15:17
The standards that I'm aware of classify hydraulic equipment into two general catagories - "Industrial" (stationary equipment that is uesed in a plant of some type) and "mobile" equipment.

In all of the reading and work I have done thus far, I have yet to run into aircraft hydraulics under either topic.  I wouldn't venture a reason why though.

PNachtwey (Electrical)
10 Nov 09 22:10


I'm about 95% certain that Keller was a Boeing hydro-mech systems engineer in the 60's/70's.  I would have thought that the book was tailored more towards aircraft systems design, but I couldn't answer that without looking at it first.
The book is general. I had written a book report but for some reason it didn't get posted or the moderators deleted it.
There are a few chapters that deserve a thread discussing that topic.  The math used expects that you understand differential equations.  It is not a light weight book.  It is written for engineers.  It goes beyond Jack Johnson's VCCM equation even though it predates Jack Johnson's work.
The book is worth every penny if you can understand the math.

The weak spots are
Accumulator sizing isn't covered.
NPSH isn't covered.
Pump and system curves are not covered.

Peter Nachtwey
Delta Computer Systems


juniorhoss (Mechanical)
21 Nov 09 11:38
"Fluid Power the Hidden Giant" is very informative, as is the older version of the Vickers Industrial Hydraulics Manual.

John Deere also used to publish "FOS" (Fundamentals Of Service) and one edition was hydraulic systems, also informative.

I will echo and agree with other's posts about the Lightning Reference Manual - the most valuable book I own and literally never leave home without it, is always in by briefcase.

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