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INDS 253 - Basic Fluid Power

3 Credit: (1 lecture, 2 open-lab, 0 clinical) 3 Contact Hours:

This course provides a background in basic fluid power and covers hydraulic principles, cylinders, pumps, valves, reservoirs and accessories, fluids and pneumatic principles. Hydraulic and pneumatic symbols and formulas are stressed, and laboratory work includes demonstrations and a series of projects using specialized fluid power trainers.
OFFERED: fall semesters

Course Goals/ Objectives/ Competencies:
Goal 1:  Understand and apply the fundamentals of fluid power. 

  1. Perform calculations required to determine desired performance of a system.
  2. Read and interpret fluid power graphic symbols and drawings.
  3. Understand the design, construction and operation of fluid power circuits.
  4. Apply the fundamentals of fluid power to power pumps and motors.
  5. Apply the fundamentals of fluid to control valves.
  6. Apply the fundamentals of actuators for power transmission.
  7. Analyze and troubleshoot standard fluid power circuits.

Goal 2:  Demonstrate pneumatic power system applications.

  1. Read a pneumatic pressure gauge.
  2. Connect and adjust a pressure regulator.
  3. Drain a pneumatic filter.
  4. Connect a pneumatic hose that uses quick-connect fittings.
  5. Use a tee to connect two circuit branches together.
  6. Use a cross to connect three circuit branches together.
  7. Connect and operate a double-acting pneumatic cylinder using a 3-positionm manually-operated DCV.
  8. Design a multiple cylinder pneumatic circuit.

Goal 3:  Design and operate basic pneumatic circuits.

  1. Connect and operate a single-acting pneumatic cylinder using a 3/2 manually-operated DCV.
  2. Connect and operate a uni-directional pneumatic motor using a 3-way, manually-operated DCV.
  3. Identify pneumatic symbols.
  4. Draw a pneumatic schematic from the actual circuit connections on the machine.
  5. Connect a pneumatic circuit given a schematic.
  6. Design a multiple actuator pneumatic circuit.

Goal 4:  Demonstrate principles of pneumatic pressure and flow.

  1. Calculate the extension force of a cylinder given its size and pressure.
  2. Measure the force output of an extending cylinder.
  3. Calculate the retraction force of a cylinder given its size and pressure.
  4. Convert between gauge and absolute pressures.
  5. Use Boyle’s Law to calculate changes in pressure and volume.
  6. Measure Delta P across pneumatic components.

Goal 5:  Explore pneumatic speed control circuits.

  1. Complete and operate a needle valve to control actuator speed.
  2. Convert air volumes at pressures to free air volumes.
  3. Connect and read a flowmeter.
  4. Connect and adjust a flow control valve to control speed of an actuator.
  5. Connect and operate a meter-in flow control circuit.
  6. Connect and operate a meter-out flow control circuit.
  7. Connect and operate an exhaust port speed control circuit.
  8. Connect and operate a pressure port speed control circuit.
  9. Design speed control circuits.
  10. Design an independent speed control circuit.

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