Fluid Power Basics starts with background information about simple air and hydraulic circuits, principles of fluid power operation and physical laws governing fluid power. Subsequent chapters cover different types of hydraulic fluids, fluid rating, operating parameters, and how to apply them. Next, a discussion on plumbing of fluid power systems covers tubing, pipe, and hose installations. A short section on vacuum and its applications is followed by basic circuit information. Coverage then shifts to discussing different components that make up a complete hydraulic or pneumatic system: reservoirs, filters, pumps, flow meters, gauges, and valves. Subsequent chapters cover flow and pressure controls, special-purpose valves, and accumulators. The book also covers all types of actuators, including cylinders, rams, motors, and rotary actuators. Application of these components in different circuits gives a general overall view of how they are used. Circuit diagrams are intended to show the function of the components and do not necessarily show all the components to make a safe and reliable system. Drawing practices and symbols according to ISO standards have been used when possible.