MEC3483 FLUID POWER
3 Credit Hours
This course is open to high school and post-secondary level students.
MEC 3483 - Fluid Power (3 hrs.)
This course is an introduction to pressurized hydraulic components in power delivery and positioning systems. Students will use hydraulic pumps and motors and make hydraulic connections, measurements, and calculations to determine appropriate system components.
This course is designed to help the student increase their knowledge regarding fundamentals of fluid power systems.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to demonstrate proficiency specifically in hydraulic fluid power and in general all basic fluid power.
Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:
The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period. Instructors may add other material as time allows.
UNIT 1: HYDRAULIC SYSTEM OPERATING CONCEPTS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully utilize hydraulic schematic elements.
- Name and describe the various parts of a hydraulic circuit.
- Recognize and use hydraulic fluid power symbols.
- Understand the fluid mechanics principles critical to the operation of hydraulic systems.
- Apply basic formulas for the calculation of hydraulic horsepower and actuator speeds.
UNIT 2: POWER UNITS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully understand reservoir and pump functionality.
- Describe the function of each of the major parts of the power unit.
- Explain the operation of each of the common designs of fixed and variable displacement pumps.
- Correctly select a pump from a manufacturer’s catalog given information on system load and expected performance.
- Correctly size the reservoir for the power unit of a hydraulic system.
UNIT 3: CONTROL VALVES
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully apply valve controls for hydraulic systems.
- Describe the design and operation of each of the pressure, flow, and directional control valves used in a hydraulic system.
- Explain the function of pilot and drain connections incorporated into hydraulic valves.
- Explain the operation of pressure compensation used to accurately control flow control valves.
- Correctly select control valves for use in a system given information on system load and expected operation.
UNIT 4: ACTUATORS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully understand actuator applications.
- Describe the design and operation of the three general types of actuators.
- Calculate the force and speed output of an actuator given component specifications and system flow rate and pressure.
- Explain the design and operation of actuator cushions.
- Correctly select actuators for use in a system, given information on system load and expected operation.
UNIT 5: SUPPORT COMPONENTS AND MATERIALS
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully identify auxiliary components and their functions.
- Select conductors that are appropriate for the operating conditions of a given system.
- Describe the importance of a hydraulic system fluid and identify a fluid suitable for use in a given system.
- Describe the function of heat exchangers in a hydraulic system.
- Describe the function of boosters and accumulators in a hydraulic system.
UNIT 6: TYPICAL HYDRAULIC CIRCUITS AND CIRCUIT DESIGN
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully identify specialized layouts for specific applications.
- Understand the operation of a variety of speed and force-control circuits as well as circuits controlling specific motion.
- Develop circuit designs and specifications based on speed, force, and motion outlined in hypothetical problems.
- Use schematic diagrams of hydraulically controlled equipment to determine speed, force, and motion capability and identify operational problems that may exist in system circuits.
UNIT 7: LABORATORY
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully apply understanding of hydraulics in hands-on settings.
- Use computer simulation software to design, test and troubleshoot hydraulics and pressurized systems.
- Perform hydraulic connections, measurements and calculations to increase efficiency of hydraulic and pressurized systems.
- Demonstrate understanding of diagnosis and troubleshooting techniques of hydraulic systems.
- Integrate fluid power into other mechanical systems.
UNIT 8: ANALYSIS OF A HYDRAULIC APPLICATION
Outcomes: Upon completion of this course students will be able to successfully apply understanding of hydraulics in a real-world application.
- Prepare a report on a piece of equipment that uses a substantial amount of hydraulic power in its operation.
- Include a minimum of four references from technical and popular sources.
- Describe the equipment, its function, and where hydraulics is used in its operation.
- Show how circuit diagrams of the hydraulic applications, photographs and drawings of the equipment can be helpful in analyzing the report.
- Analyze and report why hydraulic power was used in the application instead of another power-transmission method.
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Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus
The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.
Maximum class size:
Based on classroom occupancy.
Course Time Frame:
The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.
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402.00 Academic Code of Conduct
263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades
403.00 Student Code of Conduct
Disability Services Program:
Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator.