TME 229 - Fluid Power and Controls

Course Description

This course provides a study of the basic principles of industrial fluid mechanics hydraulics and pneumatics. Types of fluid, their condition and use in transmitting power throughout various circuits are addressed. Pumps and compressors, conductors, circuit components, application and control are also topics of coverage. Characteristics such as flow, pressure/vacuum, force, temperature, torque, speed, horsepower, efficiency, fluid and system conditioning, as well as component and circuit performance will be addressed. System design, component specifications and selection, will be examined also. Pilot and electromechanical control system features will be discussed and investigated. Instructional emphasis is placed on the relevant theoretical and practical aspects of the subject.

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
Cite basic maintenance and accident prevention practices and procedures for fluid power and control system service and operation.
Identify criteria and methods used to specify components, as well as commonly used fluids for pneumatic and hydraulic systems.
Identify, classify and specify hydraulic and pneumatic prime movers, compressor/pumps, valves, conductors, filters and strainers.
Determine cylinder load, speed, volume, pressure/ vacuum, flow rate, and horsepower requirements.
Size fluid conductors, receivers, reservoirs and accumulators based on fluid pressure, flow rates and volumetric requirements.
Recognize standard graphic symbols for common pneumatic and hydraulic components.
Lay out and sketch simple circuits using standard graphic symbols.
Construct, demonstrate and investigate the use of various control devices, circuits and systems including pilot and electro/mechanical controls.

Credit Hours: 4
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 2

Course Prerequisites: PHY 100 Coreq. MAT 111, TME 220