Hydraulic Calculations
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Hydraulic Pump Calculations
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Horsepower Required to Drive Pump:
GPM x PSI x .0007 (this is a ‘ruleofthumb’ calculation)
Example: How many horsepower are needed to drive a 5 gpm pump at 1500 psi?
GPM = 5 PSI = 1500
GPM x PSI x .0007 = 5 x 1500 x .0007 = 5.25 horsepower
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Pump Displacement Needed for GPM of Output Flow:
231 x GPM ÷ RPM
Example: What displacement is needed to produce 5 gpm at 1500 rpm?
GPM = 5
RPM = 1500
231 x GPM ÷ RPM = 231 x 5 ÷ 1500 = 0.77 cubic inches per revolution
Pump Output Flow (in Gallons Per Minute):
RPM x Pump Displacement ÷ 231
Example: How much oil will be produced by a 2.5 cubic inch pump operating at 1200 rpm?
RPM = 1200
Pump Displacement = 2.5 cubic inches
RPM x Pump Displacement ÷ 231 = 1200 x 2.5 ÷ 231 = 12.99 gpm

Hydraulic Cylinder Calculations
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Cylinder Rod End Area (in square inches):
Blind End Area – Rod Area
Example: What is the rod end area of a 6″ diameter cylinder which has a 3″ diameter rod?
Cylinder Blind End Area = 28.26 square inches
Rod Diameter = 3″
Radius is 1/2 of rod diameter = 1.5″
Radius2 = 1.5″ x 1.5″ = 2.25″
π x Radius2 = 3.14 x 2.25 = 7.07 square inches
Blind End Area – Rod Area = 28.26 – 7.07 = 21.19 square inches
Cylinder Blind End Area (in square inches):
PI x (Cylinder Radius)2
Example: What is the area of a 6″ diameter cylinder?
Diameter = 6″
Radius is 1/2 of diameter = 3″
Radius2 = 3″ x 3″ = 9″
π x (Cylinder Radius)2 = 3.14 x (3)2 = 3.14 x 9 = 28.26 square inches
Cylinder Blind End Output (GPM):
Blind End Area ÷ Rod End Area x GPM In
Example: How many GPM come out the blind end of a 6″ diameter cylinder with a 3″ diameter rod when there is 15 gallons per minute put in the rod end?
Cylinder Blind End Area =28.26 square inches
Cylinder Rod End Area = 21.19 square inches
GPM Input = 15 gpm
Blind End Area ÷ Rod End Area x GPM In = 28.26 ÷ 21.19 x 15 = 20 gpm
Cylinder Output Force (in pounds):
Pressure (in PSI) x Cylinder Area
Example: What is the push force of a 6″ diameter cylinder operating at 2,500 PSI?
Cylinder Blind End Area = 28.26 square inches
Pressure = 2,500 psi
Pressure x Cylinder Area = 2,500 X 28.26 = 70,650 pounds
What is the pull force of a 6″ diameter cylinder with a 3″ diameter rod operating at 2,500 PSI?
Cylinder Rod End Area = 21.19 square inches
Pressure = 2,500 psi
Pressure x Cylinder Area = 2,500 x 21.19 = 52,975 pounds
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Cylinder Speed (in inches per second):
(231 x GPM) ÷ (60 x Net Cylinder Area)
Example: How fast will a 6″ diameter cylinder with a 3″ diameter rod extend with 15 gpm input?
GPM = 6
Net Cylinder Area = 28.26 square inches
(231 x GPM) ÷ (60 x Net Cylinder Area) = (231 x 15) ÷ (60 x 28.26) = 2.04 inches per second
How fast will it retract?
Net Cylinder Area = 21.19 square inches
(231 x GPM) ÷ (60 x Net Cylinder Area) = (231 x 15) ÷ (60 x 21.19) = 2.73 inches per second
GPM of Flow Needed for Cylinder Speed:
Cylinder Area x Stroke Length in Inches ÷ 231 x 60 ÷ Time in seconds for one stroke
Example: How many GPM are needed to extend a 6″ diameter cylinder 8 inches in 10 seconds?
Cylinder Area = 28.26 square inches
Stroke Length = 8 inches
Time for 1 stroke = 10 seconds
Area x Length ÷ 231 x 60 ÷ Time = 28.26 x 8 ÷ 231 x 60 ÷ 10 = 5.88 gpm
If the cylinder has a 3″ diameter rod, how many gpm is needed to retract 8 inches in 10 seconds?
Cylinder Area = 21.19 square inches
Stroke Length = 8 inches
Time for 1 stroke = 10 seconds
Area x Length ÷ 231 x 60 ÷ Time = 21.19 x 8 ÷ 231 x 60 ÷ 10 = 4.40 gpm
Fluid Pressure in PSI Required to Lift Load (in PSI):
Pounds of Force Needed ÷ Cylinder Area
Example: What pressure is needed to develop 50,000 pounds of push force from a 6″ diameter cylinder?
Pounds of Force = 50,000 pounds
Cylinder Blind End Area = 28.26 square inches
Pounds of Force Needed ÷ Cylinder Area = 50,000 ÷ 28.26 = 1,769.29 PSI
What pressure is needed to develop 50,000 pounds of pull force from a 6″ diameter cylinder which has a 3″ diameter rod?
Pounds of Force = 50,000 pounds
Cylinder Rod End Area = 21.19 square inches
Pounds of Force Needed ÷ Cylinder Area = 50,000 ÷ 21.19 = 2,359.60 PSI

Hydraulic Motor Calculations
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GPM of Flow Needed for Fluid Motor Speed:
Motor Displacement x Motor RPM ÷ 231
Example: How many GPM are needed to drive a 3.75 cubic inch motor at 1500 rpm?
Motor Displacement = 3.75 cubic inches per revolution
Motor RPM = 1500
Motor Displacement x Motor RPM ÷ 231 = 3.75 x 1500 ÷ 231 = 24.35 gpm
Fluid Motor Speed from GPM Input:
231 x GPM ÷ Fluid Motor Displacement
Example: How fast will a 0.75 cubic inch motor turn with 6 gpm input?
GPM = 6
Motor Displacement = 0.75 cubic inches per revolution
231 x GPM ÷ Fluid Motor Displacement = 231 x 6 ÷ 0.75 = 1,848 rpm
Fluid Motor Torque from Pressure and Displacement:
PSI x Motor Displacement ÷ (2 x π)
Example: How much torque does a 2.5 cubic inch motor develop at 2,000 psi?
Pressure = 2,000 psi
Motor Displacement = 2.5 cubic inches per revolution
PSI x Motor Displacement ÷ (2 x π) = 2,000 x 2.5 ÷ 6.28 = 796.19 inch pounds
Fluid Motor Torque from GPM, PSI and RPM:
GPM x PSI x 36.77 ÷ RPM
Example: How much torque does a motor develop at 1,200 psi, 1500 rpm, with 10 gpm input?
GPM = 10
PSI = 1,500
RPM = 1200
GPM x PSI x 36.7 ÷ RPM = 10 x 1,500 x 36.7 ÷ 1200 = 458.75 inch pounds second
Fluid Motor Torque from Horsepower and RPM:
Horsepower x 63025 ÷ RPM
Example: How much torque is developed by a motor at 12 horsepower and 1750 rpm?
Horsepower = 12
RPM = 1750
Horsepower x 63025 ÷ RPM = 12 x 63025 ÷ 1750 = 432.17 inch pound
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4.Fluid and Piping Calculations
Velocity of Fluid through Piping
0.3208 x GPM ÷ Internal Area
What is the velocity of 10 gpm going through a 1/2″ diameter schedule 40 pipe?
GPM = 10
Internal Area = .304 (see note below)
0.3208 x GPM ÷ Internal Area = .3208 x 10 ÷ .304 = 10.55 feet per second
Note: The outside diameter of pipe remains the same regardless of the thickness of the pipe. A heavy duty pipe has a thicker wall than a standard duty pipe, so the internal diameter of the heavy duty pipe is smaller than the internal diameter of a standard duty pipe. The wall thickness and internal diameter of pipes can be found on readily available charts.
Hydraulic steel tubing also maintains the same outside diameter regardless of wall thickness.
Hose sizes indicate the inside diameter of the plumbing. A 1/2″ diameter hose has an internal diameter of 0.50 inches, regardless of the hose pressure rating.
Suggested Piping Sizes:
– Pump suction lines should be sized so the fluid velocity is between 2 and 4 feet per second.
– Oil return lines should be sized so the fluid velocity is between 10 and 15 feet per second.
– Medium pressure supply lines should be sized so the fluid velocity is between 15 and 20 feet per second.
– High pressure supply lines should be sized so the fluid velocity is below 30 feet per second.
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5. General Conversions
To Convert  Into  Multiply By 
Bar  PSI  14.5 
cc  Cu. In.  0.06102 
°C  °F  (°C x 1.8) + 32 
Kg  lbs.  2.205 
KW  HP  1.341 
Liters  Gallons  0.2642 
mm  Inches  0.03937 
Nm  lb.ft  0.7375 
Cu. In.  cc  16.39 
°F  °C  (°F – 32) ÷ 1.8 
Gallons  Liters  3.785 
HP  KW  0.7457 
Inch  mm  25.4 
lbs.  Kg  0.4535 
lb.ft.  Nm  1.356 
PSI  Bar  0.06896 
In. of HG  PSI  0.4912 
In. of H_{2}0  PSI  0.03613 
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