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Torque and horsepower relations

T = HP x 5252 ÷ RPM
HP = T x RPM ÷ 5252
Torque values are in foot pounds

Hydraulic (fluid power) horsepower

HP = PSI x GPM ÷ 1714
PSI is gauge pressure in pounds per square inch; GPM is oil flow in gallons per minute

Velocity of oil flow in pipe

V = GPM x 0.3208 ÷ A
V is oil velocity in feet per second; GPM is flow in gallons per minute; A is inside area of pipe in square inches

Charles' Law for behaviour of gases

P1V1 = P2V2 or T1P2 = T2P1
T1, P1 and V1 are initial temperature, pressure, and volume, and T2, P2, and V2 are final conditions

Boyles' Law for behaviour of gases

P1V1 = P2V2
P1 and V1 are initial pressure and volume; P2 and V2 are final conditions

Hydraulic cyl. piston travel speed

S = CIM ÷ A
S is piston travel speed, inches per minute; CIM is oil flow into cylinder, cubic inches per minute; A is piston area in square inches

Force or thrust of any cylinder

F = A x PSI
F is force or thrust, in pounds; A is piston net area in square inches; PSI is gauge pressure

Circle formulas

Area = πr2, or πD2 ÷ 4
Circumference = 2πr, or πD
r is radius; D is diameter; π = 3.14

Force for piercing or shearing sheet metal

F = P x T x PSI
F is force required, in pounds; P is perimeter around area to be sheared, in inches; T is sheet thickness in inches; PSI is the shear strength rating of the material in pounds per square inch

Side load on pump or motor shaft

F = (HP x 63024) ÷ (RPM x R)
F is the side load, in pounds, against shaft; R is the pitch radius, in inches, of sheave on pump shaft; HP is driving power applied to shaft

Effective force of a cylinder working at an angle to direction of the load travel

F = T x sinA
T is the total cylinder force, in pounds; F is the part of the force which is effective, in pounds; A is the least angle, in degrees, between cylinder axis and load direction

Burst pressure of pipe or tubing

P = 2t x S ÷ O
P is burst pressure in PSI; t is wall thickness, in inches; S is tensile strength of material in PSI; O is outside diameter, in inches

Relationship between displacement and torque of a hydraulic motor

T = D x PSI ÷ 24π
T is torque in foot-lbs; D is displacement in cubic inches per revolution; PSI is pressure difference across motor; π = 3.14

Heat radiating capacity of a steel reservoir

HP = 0.001 x A x TD
HP is the power radiating capacity expressed in horsepower; A is surface area, in square feet; TD is temperature difference in degrees F between oil and surrounding air


Horsepower for driving a pump

For every 1 HP of drive, the equivalent of 1 GPM @ 1500 PSI can be produced.

Horsepower for idling a pump

To idle a pump when it is unloaded will require about 5% of its full rated horsepower.

Compressibility of hydraulic oil

Volume reduction is approximately 1/2% for every 1000 PSI of fluid pressure.

Compressibility of water

Volume reduction is about 1/3% for every 1000 PSI pressure.

Wattage for heating hydraulic oil

Each Watt will raise the temperature of 1 gallon of oil by 1°F per hour.

Flow velocity in hydraulic lines

Pump suction lines 2 to 4 feet per second; pressure lines up to 500 PSI, 10 to 15 feet per sec; pressure lines 500 to 3000 PSI, 15 to 20 feet per sec; pressure lines over 3000 PSI, 25 feet per sec; all oil lines in air-over-oil system, 4 feet per sec.

CIR = GPM x 231
RPM = GPM x 231
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