University of Florida

ABE 5152
Electro-Hydraulic Circuits and Control

Semester Taught - Spring

Catalog Description

Credits: 3

Engineering analysis, design and experimentation of electro-hydraulic circuits and systems. Including the design of hydraulic circuits, fluid power system components, hydraulic actuator analysis, servo and proportional valve performance, and elecro-hydraulic control theory and applications.


Fluid dynamics or permission of instructor

Course Objectives

To give students a rigorous background in the theoretical and applied concepts associated with development of fluid power control and systems design. As a result students should be able to develop theoretical control models, as well as build practical fluid power systems.


Dr. Tom Burks
Frazier Rogers Hall, #225
Phone: 352-392-1864 ext. 225

Material/Supply Fees


Class Materials Required


  • Hydraulic Control Systems, Noah Manring, 2005, John Wiley and Sons, Inc. (Required)
  • Fluid Power Circuits and Controls, John Cundiff, 2002, CRC Press (Recommended)
  • Hydraulic Fundamentals, Lab-Volt, 1997, (Provided)
  • Electric Control of Hydraulic Systems, Lab-Volt, 1997, (Provided

Course Outline

(as time permits)

  • Topic 1: Fluid Power Basics (CH 1 & CH 2: Cundiff)
  • Topic 2: Fluid Properties (CH 1: Manring)
  • Topic 3: Fluid Mechanics (CH 2: Manring)
  • Topic 4: Dynamic Systems and Controls (CH 3: Manring)
  • Topic 5: Pressure Control (CH 3: Cundiff)
  • Topic 6: Creation and Control of Fluid Flow (CH 4: Cundiff)
  • Topic 7: Hydraulic Control Valve Dynamics (CH 4: Manring)
  • Topic 8: Hydraulic Pump Dynamics (CH 5: Manring)
  • Topic 9: Rotary Actuators and Linear Actuators (Cundiff/Manring)
  • Topic 10: Valve Controlled Hydraulic Systems (CH 7: Manring)
  • Topic 11: Pump Controlled Hydraulic Systems (CH 8: Manring)
  • Topic 12: Hydrostatic Transmissions (CH 6: Cundiff)
  • Topic 13: Temperature and Contamination Control (CH 8: Cundiff)
  • Topic 14: Auxiliary Components (CH 9: Cundiff)
  • Topic 15: Electro-Hydraulic Servo Valves (CH 11: Cundiff, CH 7: Merritt)
  • Topic 16: Proportional Valves (CH 12: Cundiff)
  • Topic 17: Non-linearities in Control Systems (CH 10: Merritt)

Laboratory Schedule




Hydraulic Fundamentals (HF)
Sections  1-1, 1-2
Intro to LabVolt Station, Demo, and Safety Overview


HF Sections 2-1, 2-2

Pressure Limitation
Pressure and Force


HF Sections 2-3, 2-4

Flow Rate and Velocity
Work and Power


HF Sections 3-1, 3-2

Cylinder Control
Cylinders in Series


HF Sections 3-3, 4-1

Cylinders in Parallel


HF Sections 4-2, 4-3

Hydraulic Motor Circuits
Pressure Reducing Valves


Electrical Control of Hydraulic Systems (ECHS)
Sections 2-2, 2-3
Ladder Diagrams
Basic Electrically-Controlled Hydraulic System


ECHS Sections 3-1, 3-2

Hydraulic Sequencing of Cylinders
Electrical Sequencing of Cylinders


ECHS Sections 3-3, 4-2

Speed Regulation and Motor Breaking of Hyd. Motors
Safety Circuits


ECHS Section 3-4

Continuous Reciprocation with Dwell Period


ECHS Section 4-1

Drilling Systems



Grading Method Percentage
Homework 30%
Laboratory Exercises 15%
Term Design Project 15%
Mid-Term Exam 20%
Final Exam - Non comprehensive 20%
  1. Homework will be assigned from the textbook. Independent work is required, yet student interaction is permitted.
  2. Laboratory exercises will be conducted using Lab-Volt training systems, Lab exercise will be completed in teams, with each team turning in their completed report from manual.
  3. The student is expected to participate in class design project. The class will be divided into teams with the size depending on the number of students in the class.
  4. There will be two exams for the class, each exam will cover material previously discussed in class. The final is non-comprehensive.

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Accommodation for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center coordinates the needed accommodations of students with disabilities. This includes registering disabilities, recommending academic accommodations within the classroom, accessing special adaptive computer equipment, providing interpretation services and mediating faculty-student disability related issues.

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  • University Counseling & Wellness Center, 3190 Radio Road, 352-392-1575,

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  • Career Resource Center, First Floor JWRU, 392-1601,