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Fluid Power Reference Handbook review

Fluid Power Reference Handbook

Fluid Power Reference Handbook

This weekend I have received the first edition of the Fluid Power Reference Handbook from Fluid Power Society and in this article I would like to share my first impression about (my potential) ref-book for $75 USD.

Yes, I have paid $74.95 USD + 27.75 USD for delivery to Canada. If you are not a member of IFPS, the price for this handbook to be $99.95 USD. But if be honest, even $75 is pretty expensive for me. But I was assumed this book will be my table book for everyday usage and decided to spend so much money.

The book was delivered in a simple soft paper envelope and was damaged in its way, thanks to USPS and Canada Post. Actually, IFPS could send this book in a safe envelope with bubbles, but they didn’t do that, unfortunately. So, pages were crumpled and the back cover is with a scratch (the book has a softcover binding).

Anyways, it is what it is. Let’s take a look at what is inside of the book. And I’m going to compare this issue with my existing “Lightning Reference Handbook” (Eight Edition, 2001) that I was gotten from the vendor for FREE 6 years ago.

Fluid Power Reference Handbook consists of 20 chapters, 360 pages. Each chapter has own color with bookmarks at the side and it is really comfortable to search a targeted chapter. The paper is of pretty good quality and thickness what is good for everyday usage:

Fluid Power Books

Bosch Rexroth. Hydraulic Formulary.

By this link you anybody can download (or just read online) quick reference book with formulas from Bosch Rexroth.

Fluid Power Basics

By this link anybody can free download (or just read online) first couple chapters of “Fluid Power Basics” by Alan Hitchcox. This handbook is really just a basics and probably will be good enough for beginners. Unfortunately, full book is available for $59. But you always can read previous edition (from 2007) online by this link.

Pneumatics. Practical Guide

By clicking this link you can download very well illustrated eBook about pneumatic system design from Automation Direct. And it is really good book for beginners.

Electrohydraulic Control Systems

Here is a free eBook what I tried to use for proportional valve calculations. In the reality this book was not useful enough, but you can read it at least because it free for download. The book contains a lot of ads at the pages, so, probably, this is the reason why it free.


Very basics book for beginners from Yuken.

HS Certification – Mistakes in Study Manual

IFPS issued very good Study Manual for preparing to HS Certifications. I have read the manual, tried to solve all reviews and found couple mistakes in formulas and review answers. I mean the edition 03/29/17 of the Study Manual.

I just want to share all mistakes I found and ask somebody who is preparing to this certification exam, keep in mind info below and check, am I right or not. Of course, I have already notified IFPS about found, but didn’t receive any confirmation am I right or not.



The answer b is correct, but there is a mistake in the answer solution. First of all, the wet area is calculated wrong. The correct calculation is:

4 ft x 2 ft + 3/4 * ( 4 ft * 2 ft * 2 pcs. +  2 ft * 2 ft * 2 pcs.) = 26 ft^2

Because the wet area of the bottom has to be calculated fully not 3/4 of the bottom.

Next, we have to determine the power: P = 0.001 * 100 * 26 = 2.6 hp

Next, when in solution they convert hp  to Btu, they multiply to 2454. They have to multiply 2545:

2.6 hp * 2545 Btu/hr = 6617 Btu/hr.

So, only with this way you can get correct answer 6617 Btu/hr.



The normal practice at the schematic for parameters of cylinder is format: [Bore Diam.] x [Rod Diam.] x [Stroke]

At the picture for review  these parameters are mixed and is can be confused. As result  – wrong answer for review!

The task has to be more clear, like it done, for example, in the review Actually, in review the format of cylinder’s parameters is correct.



The answer in study manual is d. 5227 psi

This is a wrong answer, because using Eq. 3.28 you can calculate bursting pressure. The review asks to determine the working pressure. For that, in addition, you have to apply Wq. 3.27 and using safety factor 4:1 you can find working pressure:


So, the correct answer should be c.


Review and formula °C to K

The algorithm of solving and the answer is correct, but the formula for converting from Celsius to Kelvin (at the page 3-45 of the manual) is wrong:

Instead: °C to K: K = °C + 273.7

Should be: °C to K: K = °C + 273.15

The source example.

So, the correct solving way has to be:

V_2=\frac{(6.9+0.1) \cdot 4 \cdot (65 + 273.15)}{(12+0.1) \cdot (27+273.15)}=2.61 liters

Only in this case we can get the answer 2.61 liters for volume V2


Formula Eq. 3.35

There are mistakes in the formula 3.35:

Q=\frac{V\cdot A}{K}

  1.  At the page 147 of the HS Certification Study Manual:
    – Here the convert coefficient K For metrical units should be: K = 16.667 (instead wrong one 0.06).
  2.  At the page 26 of the Fluid Power Math for Certification handbook the convert coefficient K should be:
    – For metrical units: K = 16.667 (instead wrong one 0.06)
    – For imperial units: K = 3.85 for in./sec. (instead wrong one 0.3208) or K = 0.3208 for ft./sec. (instead wrong one 3.85)

The same issue metrical units you can find in formula Eq.# N.9 of Fluid Power Math for Certification handbook (at the page 25).

Moreover, at the end of the page 167 of the HS Certification Study Manual you also can find Eq. 3.35. But the correct number of this Eq. is 3.25 and the convert coefficient K for imperial units should be:

K = 0.204 for in./sec. (instead wrong one 3.85) or K = 2.45 for ft./sec. (instead wrong one 0.3208).

So, be careful.


Please check and let me know if I’m wrong.

IFPS Upgrades HS Certification

Hydraulic Specialist certification manual

Hydraulic Specialist certification manual

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) has recently upgraded its Hydraulic Specialist (CFPHS) Certification Study Manual.

Testing for the CFPHS certification starts today, April 1, 2017.

“To keep pace with changing fluid power and motion control technologies, IFPS is committed to reviewing our certification study manuals and tests every five years by a panel of subject matter experts. All material is reviewed for relevance and current technical best practices and standards,” said Donna Pollander, ACA, IFPS executive director. “What the IFPS provides in our newly updated HS study manual and certification test is a highly developed, vendor-neutral, benchmarking tool to evaluate an individual’s fluid power competence, knowledge, and skill set.”

Source: http://fluidpowerjournal.com/2017/03/ifps-upgrades-hydraulic-specialist-certification/

The manual is good, and I like it. But, by my opinion, some stuff has to be changed in this manual:

  1. The font is terrible. I think “Verdana” is not a best choice for study manuals. Standard “serif”-type font like “Times New Roman” is much better for fast reading when there are a lot of sentences in the paragraph.
  2. Text lines are too close to each other. Line spacing in paragraph has to be bigger to easy reading. And I think, it is good idea to use two columns at the page.
  3. Some pictures are raster and in bad resolution. By my opinion, all images have to be in vector format and all photos have to be at least 400 dpi resolution.
  4. Symbols at the schematics are not in accordance with ISO 1219-1. This is a manual for hydraulic certification – you must to follow the standard! (lines type and weight, symbol size, etc.). Schematics made in strange

This is very sad! We pay money for membership, for exams, but IFPS can’t (or doesn’t want) find good specialists to prepare study manual in an acceptable quality!