Hydraulic Pump Calculations

Horsepower Required to Drive Pump

GPM X PSI X .0007 (this is a 'rule-of-thumb' calculation)

How many horsepower are needed to drive a 10 gpm pump at 1750 psi?

GPM = 10
PSI = 1750
GPM X PSI X .0007 = 10 X 1750 X .0007 = 12.25 horsepower

Pump Output Flow (in Gallons Per Minute)

RPM X Pump Displacement / 231

How much oil will be produced by a 2.21 cubic inch pump operating at 1120 rpm?

RPM = 1120
Pump Displacement = 2.21 cubic inches
RPM X Pump Displacement / 231 = 1120 X 2.21 / 231 = 10.72 gpm

Pump Displacement Needed for GPM of Output Flow

231 X GPM / RPM

What displacement is needed to produce 7 gpm at 1740 rpm?

GPM = 7
RPM = 1740
231 X GPM / RPM = 231 X 7 / 1740 = 0.93 cubic inches per revolution

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