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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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FP 2701 - Basic Fluid Power

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
This course considers fluid power, its advantages and limitations, the prevailing industrial standards, and ANSI/ISO graphic symbols used for circuit representation. Various types of loads are studied and related to the required hydraulic performance. Positive displacement pumps, motors, and actuators are described and steady state sizing relationships are developed relating pressure and flow rate. Also valves for pressure, directional, and flow control are studied individually and as employed in specific hydraulic circuits. Finally, the subject of overall circuit design is treated. Hydrostatic transmissions, cavitation, accumulators, pump controls for energy conservation, hydraulic fluids and filtration are also covered. (prereq: PH 113 )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Size hydraulic components based on steady state requirements
  • Design a hydraulic circuit based on specified loads and speeds, and analyze an existing hydraulic circuit based on interpretation of ANSI/ISO graphic symbols used in the circuit diagram
  • Design a hydraulic circuit based on input requirements and standard components by selecting pumps, motors, valves, cylinders, and actuators to meet specific design requirements
  • Select pump controls to minimize energy consumption

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None

Course Topics
  • Introduction to hydraulic systems design (1 class)
  • Hydraulic cylinders (2 classes)
  • Fluid mechanics and cavitation in hydraulic systems (2 classes)
  • Pumps and pump controls (3 classes)
  • Motors and hydrostatic transmissions (3 classes)
  • Pressure Control Valves (3 classes)
  • Flow Control Valves (4 classes)
  • Directional Control Valves (4 classes)
  • Hydraulic Accumulators (2 classes)
  • Review and testing + comprehensive final exam (3 classes)

Daniel Williams

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