Hydraulics and Pneumatics

Course Number: MEC 120
Transcript Title: Hydraulics and Pneumatics
Created: May 12, 2014
Updated: May 5, 2022
Total Credits: 5
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 30
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: No
Grading options: A-F (default), audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Prerequisites

Course Description

Introduces the basic principles of hydraulics and pneumatics and applies these principles to build, maintain and troubleshoot industrial hydraulic and pneumatics circuits. Covers theory, generation, storage, transmission, and usage of hydraulic and pneumatics energy, pressure, and flow. Introduces hydraulic and pneumatics schematics and circuits as well as identification and operation of basic hydraulic and pneumatics components. Introduces basic ladder logic and PLCs to automate, control and modify an electrically controlled hydraulic and pneumatics system with solenoid-operated directional control valves. Includes a 3-hour per week laboratory session. Prerequisite: MTH 65. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Apply basic hydraulic and pneumaticprinciples to predict behavior of hydraulic and pneumaticcircuits.
  2. Build, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot manually controlled hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
  3. Write technical reports using collected experimental data.
  4. Build, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot an electrically controlled hydraulic and pneumatic system.
  5. Identify hydraulic components and determine their application in hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Evaluation is done via labs, quizzes, take home assignments, in class exercises, and exams.

Texts and Materials

Fluid Power Systems 2nd edition Patrick Kleete

Course Activities and Design

The determination of teaching strategies used in the delivery of outcomes is generally left to the discretion of the instructor. Here are some strategies that you might consider when designing your course: lecture, small group/forum discussion, flipped classroom, dyads, oral presentation, role play, simulation scenarios, group projects, service learning projects, hands-on lab, peer review/workshops, cooperative learning (jigsaw, fishbowl), inquiry based instruction, differentiated instruction (learning centers), graphic organizers, etc.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Outcome #1: Apply basic hydraulic and pneumatic principles to predict behavior of hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
  • Calculate pressure, area, and force using Pascal’s law.
  • Calculate actuation speed and flow rate for fluid power systems.
Outcome #2: Build, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot manually controlled hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
  • Build, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot extend and retract, clamp and bend, and other industrial fluid power circuits.
Outcome #3: Write technical reports using collected experimental data.
  • Calculate and plot theoretical results using Pascal’s Law.
  • Measure and compare real world observations to predicted theory.
Outcome #4: Build, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot an electrically controlled hydraulic and pneumatic system.
  • Use a ladder logic diagram and a fluid power schematic to build, operate, maintain, and troubleshoot an electrically controlled hydraulic and pneumatic system
Outcome #5: Identify hydraulic components and determine their application in hydraulic and pneumatic circuits.
  • Interpret fluid power schematics.
  • Interpret a fluid power component data sheet.