Principles of Hydraulic System Design - Industrial - 3 Day Course

This course is for those involved in the modification, design and planning of hydraulic fluid power systems.

The course offers an introduction to the formulae and units used in calculating values for prime movers, pumps, hydraulic motors, cylinders, reservoir sizes and selection methods for combination valves. The course also introduces the candidate to the more common building blocks found in hydraulic systems.

The programme is created to benefit Technical Sales Representatives, Sales Engineers, Applications Engineers, Project Engineers and Design Engineers involved with writing specifications, planning, purchasing, and designing hydraulic systems.

Hydraulic System Design

Course Details

Duration: 3 days – 9.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m.


Price: £995.00 pp + VAT


Candidates will receive a comprehensive set of course notes, lunch, refreshments and certificate of attendance.

Entry Requirements:
Stage 1 Hydraulics or equivalent and Stage 2 Industrial or Mobile Hydraulics. (Please Note this course will involve the use of Basic Mathematical Formulae and will involve a number of applied calculations).

Course Aims

To improve knowledge and overall understanding of hydraulic system and component performance behaviour enabling you to make better, and more confident, decisions relating to modifications, component compatibility and selection, and system troubleshooting

1.This course aims to introduce the candidate to the logical steps needed to design a new hydraulic systems, also planning modifications to existing hydraulic systems.

2. The candidate will develop methods on how to plan the duty cycle of a machine in order to optimise hydraulic system performance.

On Completion of this Course

On completion of this course, candidates will have knowledge of:

  1. the methods used to correctly determine the load of a machine.
  2. the methods used to correctly determine the size the hydraulic actuator (cylinders and hydraulic motors).
  3. the methods used to correctly select control valves.
  4. the methods used to correctly size a pump, it’s prime mover and associated reservoir.
  5. how flow control influences fixed and variable pump circuits, inclusive of system performance.
  6. how to correctly determine the heating and cooling requirements of a system.
  7. how to correctly size pipework and hoses.
  8. how to calculate the flowrate required for turbulent flow flushing.
  9. how to recognise and implement common circuit tips and techniques to improve machine performance (i.e. unloading, multiple pressure selection, etc.)
  10. how to correctly place filters for optimum system fluid cleanliness.
  11. how to plan the duty cycle of a machine.

Programme Objectives (applications based), During the sessions of this course candidates will:

  1. Carry out a Case Study applying basic and hydraulic formulae to correctly size the hydraulic system –
  2. IMPORTANT NOTE: This Course will involve a number of applied calculations, please ensure that you are fully prepared for this and bring with you a calculator.
  3. Use SI and common-place derived units of measurement
  4. Carry out a simple task to design a hydraulic circuit to achieve a given machine function

Recommended NFPC Progression Routes


If not, we recommend that you take our free self-assessment test, this will test your technical knowledge and will give you a % mark at the end and will recommend what course you should attend.

Please note: this is your responsibility to ensure that you have the required pre-requisite knowledge before booking this Stage 2 course. However, this is a recommendation only.

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