Fluid Power. What is Fluid Power?. Fluid power is energy transmitted and controlled by means of a pressurized fluid, either liquid or gas. Hydraulics uses pressurized liquid, such as oil or water. Pneumatics uses compressed air or other neutral gases.
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Pascal's Law expresses the central concept of fluid power:
"Pressure exerted by a confined fluid acts undiminished equally in all directions."
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