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2015-2016 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
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ME 475 - Design of Fluid Power Circuits

3 lecture hours 0 lab hours 3 credits
Course Description
In this course students design a specific type of machine to meet a developed set of specifications. The machine will have substantial hydraulics content along with electronic interfaces that provide control and sensing. The project usually includes hardware fabrication to provide the student with real-life problems associated with this activity. Tasks include component sizing and selecting, systems design, integration with mechanical and electrical systems, and human factors considerations. The open-ended designs are evaluated based on originality, accuracy, safety and written/oral presentations. (prereq:  )
Course Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  • Size hydraulic components based on steady state and dynamic requirements
  • Work as a team member to achieve a specific objective
  • Design a hydraulic circuit based on input requirements and standard components
  • Interface hydraulics with mechanical and electrical systems
  • Execute a project plan to achieve a specific objective

Prerequisites by Topic
  • None 

Course Topics
  • Design of XY positioning table using electrohydraulics
  • Design of a natural control system for an excavator
  • Design of an articulated excavator for open and closed loop control using electrohydraulics
  • Design of pulsed jet intensifier

Laboratory Topics
  • Integrated into the project during the fabrication phases or as part of specific tests for the prototype machine

John Pakkala

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