Hydraulic System

In a hydraulic system force that is applied at one point is transmitted to another point using a pressurized hydraulic fluid.basic hydraulic principle

Hydraulic System Components And Hydraulic Circuithydraulic system components

1. Reservoir / Oil Tank

They are used to hold the hydraulic oil.

2. Hydraulic Pump

They are used to pressurized the hydraulic fluid and force the fluid through the system.There are three types of hydraulic pump:

I. Fixed Displacement Pump – These pump has a set flow rate means every stroke of the motor moves same amount of fluid. Fixed displacement pumps are perfect for single jobs that to be repeated indefinitely over long periods of time. There are three types of fixed displacement pump : Gear Pump, Gerotor Pump, Screw Pump.

II. Variable Displacement Pump – In Variable displacement pumps flow rate and outlet pressure can be changed as the pump operates. They are used to power a wider variety of tool, but require more expense and more attention.  There are four types of variable displacement pump: Bent Axis Pump, Axial Piston Pump, Radial Piston Pump, Rotary Vane Pump.

III. Hand /Manual Hydraulic pump – These pump are operated by hand and foot.

Symbol Of Pump Used In Hydraulic System Circuit Diagram

hydraulic pump symbol used in hydraulic system

3. Hydraulic Motor

A hydraulic motor is a mechanical hydraulic actuator that converts hydraulic energy or hydraulic pressure into torque and angular displacement / rotation.

Types Of Hydraulic Motors  And Their Symbol Used in Hydraulic Circuit Diagram

Hydraulic motor symbol

4. Hydraulic Cylinder

Hydraulic cylinder is a mechanical hydraulic actuator that converts hydraulic energy or hydraulic pressure into linear displacement. It consists of cylindrical barrel, piston and piston rod.

Types of Hydraulic Cylinder and Their Symbol Used In Hydraulic Circuit Diagram


5. Pressure Control Valve

Pressure control valves limit the system pressure to protect the system components. There are four types of pressure control valve:

I. Pressure Relief Valve – They are designed to protect hydraulic system when pressure in the system increases beyond the specified design pressure or maximum working pressure. They are normally closed and it opens when the pressure exceeds a specified maximum value and diverts the pump flow back to reservoir or tank internally. They are located near hydraulic pump.

 II. Pressure Reducing Valve – They are design to limit and maintain outlet pressure. They are normally open and closed if the pressure exceed beyond specified design pressure at outlet. They are located near hydraulic actuator.

III. Sequence Valve – The sequence valve is used to ensure that a certain pressure level is achieved in one branch of the circuit before a second branch is activated.

IV. Counterbalance Valve – Counterbalance valves are used in hydraulic systems working with running-away or suspended load. They are designed to create backpressure at the return line of the actuator to prevent losing control over the load.

Symbol Of Pressure Control Valve  Used In Hydraulic System Circuit Diagram

pressure control valve symbol -hydraulic system components

6. Flow Control Valve

A flow control valve is used for adjusting the flow rate of a fluid in a pipeline. The valve contains a flow passage or a port whose area can be varied.

Symbol Of Flow Control Valve  Used In Hydraulic System Circuit Diagram

flow control valve symbol

7. Directional control valve

Types of directional control valve.

I. Check Valve – check valve or non return valve are simplest type of directional control valve used to allow free flow of fluid in only one direction.

II. Spool Type Directional Control Valve – These valve are used to control the direction of fluid flow.

Symbol Of Directional Control Valve  Used In Hydraulic Circuit DiagramDIRECTIONAL CONTROL VALVE - hydraulic system components

8. Proportional Valve

They are used in a hydraulic system that need to vary either flow or pressure to reduce lunge and shock.

Symbol Of 4 Way 3 Position Proportional Valve  proportional valve

9. Cheque Q Meter

They control the returning flow in relation to the flow being directed into opposite side of the actuator. It is used in hydraulic system to influence the speed of hydraulic motor and hydraulic cylinder independent to the load (prevent running away).

Symbol Of Cheque Q Meterchecq q meter -hydraulic system components

10. Solenoid Valve

It is a electro mechanically operated valve. The valve is control by electric current through a solenoid. The function of solenoid valve in hydraulic system is to shut off, distribute and release fluid.

Other Hydraulic System Components (Energy Transmission and Accessories) Symbol Used in Hydraulic Circuit Diagram Are:

HYDRAULIC SYMBOL - hydraulic system components


Pressure Relief Valve