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Technical Design Solutions for Theatre by Don Harvey, Ben Sammler

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Basic Hydraulics

Alan Hendrickson

 

Since hydraulic systems excel in moving heavy objects with virtually no noise, they can be found driving lifts, wagons, and turntables in many theatres. A small hydraulic system is not too difficult to assemble, and will find repeated use. While a full description of every part in a hydraulic system would be very long, a brief overview can provide a useful amount of information about these systems. Every hydraulic system will contain components from each of the six categories described below: Pumps, Actuators, Valves, Fluid Conductors, Fluid, Storage.

PUMPS

Pumps convert the mechanical power provided by an electric motor into hydraulic power. They are rated in terms of nominal flow rate, maximum operating ...

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