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I am a complete beginner to hydraulic systems, and I've wanted to learn more about this area. I'm designing a hydraulic system that involves using hydraulics to push/pull objects using pistons. I have looked at what the basic requirements are for a hydraulic system, but there is one thing that escapes me.

I come from an electronic background, and I noticed that the hydraulic pumps (for example, this one) seem to lack a motor to drive the fluid. Am I wrong? If not, I've been looking everywhere for a motor that can/should be attached to said pump, but I cannot seem to find anywhere that sells them. Is it just a simple DC motor (with correct specs), or should there be a specific motor designed for hydraulic pumps?

Looking around, I came across this, but looking through the specs, I don't see a power requirement, and being used to seeing power consumption in datasheets, I'm not even sure it is a motor!

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In general, hydraulic pumps are sold without motors, although some suppliers (eg hydraproducts.co.uk) sell complete systems.

Hydraulic pumps typically are driven by gas or diesel engines, or by large AC motors, which often are more affordable and more available than comparable DC motors. See hydraulicspneumatics.com for fluid power formulas that will allow computing the size of motor required. For example, one of the smallest hydraulic pumps available at surpluscenter.com delivers “3.6 GPM @ max. RPM”, “2500 PSI cont.”, and works at RPMs from 600 up to 4800. From the power formula “Horsepower to drive a pump @ 85% efficiency [is] HP = GPM x PSI x 0.000686”, it needs a motor giving about 6.2 HP (4.6 KW) at 4800 RPM. A slower, less powerful motor would support either less flow or lower pressure.


In the automotive field water pumps for cooling the combustion engine have been mechanically driven by a belt linked to the engine. The same should be true for hydraulic pumps. Now there is a trend to use brushless DC motors (BLDC, also called electronically commutated) because their speed can be chosen independent of the combustion engine's speed. They also consume much less power. I would consider looking into BLDCs as motors, if they fit the hydraulic power required for your application, i.e. motor electric power = hydraulic power. I would pick a slightly bigger motor, with maybe 1.2 times the hydraulic power. Also, dependent on the hydraulic actuator you want to drive, make sure the motor torque at rated speed matches what is required by the actuator.


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