The Forces of Fluid Power

“The Forces of Fluid Power” presents a comprehensive overview of fluid power transmission systems. It offers a broad scope of information, from fluid characteristics and basic energy forms to force multiplication and the effect of fluid flow rate in a system. When pressurized, fluids are able to produce tremendous power with a minimal amount of effort. Maintaining constant fluid flow is essential for any system to work effectively. While the type of fluid in systems differ, the key components of all fluid systems and processes are similar. More importantly, the units of measurement are the same. Without a full understanding of fluid power and the units used to measure key components of a fluid system, a fluid system may not have the proper pressure, volume, force, or fluid flow rate needed to maintain constant fluid flow. After taking the class, users will be able to better recognize how fluids systems function and explain the variables that affect them.

Course Objectives:

  • Identify the three major types of power transmission systems
  • Identify the components of a fluid system
  • Distinguish between potential energy and kinetic energy
  • Distinguish between liquid and gas fluids
  • Explain how viscosity affects fluid flow
  • Describe friction in a fluid system
  • Identify ways to decrease friction in fluid systems
  • Explain the law of conservation of energy
  • Explain different methods of energy transfer in fluid systems
  • Define work and power
  • Explain how pressure affects contained fluids
  • Explain how multiplication of force occurs
  • Define fluid flow rate
  • Identify the two types of motion produced by an actuator.

Recommended Background

  • Recommended for mechanical/electrical/plumbing maintenance technicians.
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Course ID


Skill Focus

Smart Business



Employee Type

New Applicants, Operations team, 1st level supervisor

Method of Delivery


Estimated Effort

2 hrs



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