Hydraulics and pneumatics: Introduction (V)

Learn about the properties of pneumatic and hydraulic systems and how to apply them in practice.

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Learn about the properties of pneumatic and hydraulic systems and how to apply them in practice.

Pneumatic and hydraulic systems are widely used in many areas of industry. Pneumatics involves converting the energy of a compressed air or gas to make something work. Through the use of compressors, control valves, actuators and other control equipment, pneumatic technology is used to power a range of items such as tools, construction equipment and machinery in the mining, automotive, manufacturing and medical industries to name a few. But how do we convert air into a power source?

Hydraulics involves the study of liquids at rest and in motion, particularly under pressure, and applies that knowledge to the design and control of machines. Hydraulics is used in everyday life in construction equipment, airplanes, cars, manufacturing, medical, subsea and many more. Can you imagine if we didn’t have fluid power? But how does it work?

This course allows candidates to develop the knowledge and understanding of the operational and maintenance requirements of pneumatic and hydraulic systems and be able to recognise circuit components and interpret drawings for applications in everyday life.

Delivery format

This course will be delivered using interactive virtual classroom technology. It comprises of three virtual classes (VCs) of 4 hours each:

VC 1 - Basic principles

  • Introduction
  • Basic principles - fluids
  • Basic principles - air
  • Pneumatic equipment

VC 2 - equipment symbols

  • Hydraulic equipment
  • Safety & maintenance
  • Recognising equipment symbols

VC 3 - Developing circuits

  • Developing circuit diagrams
  • Course summary and assessment of learning

Who should attend?

Training or qualified as mechanical technicians, engineers, or asset, maintenance and reliability personnel working within or supporting the manufacturing, industrial, oil and gas sectors.

How will I benefit?

After this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the concept of air power and explain how this relates to mechanical and fluid system
  • Understand the concept of fluid power and explain how this relates to mechanical and fluid systems
  • Describe the operational and maintenance requirements of pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Interpret pneumatic and hydraulic circuit diagrams and relate these to everyday applications
Contributes 12 CPD hours

Key topics

  • Properties of air – compressibility, moisture content, need for lubrication, mechanical systems vs air systems
  • The role of pressure, volume, temperature
  • How does this convert to air power – air compressors
  • Understanding pneumatic equipment – air supply system, dryer system, distribution system
  • Properties of fluids – volume flow rates, pressure vs head, working loads, Pascal’s Law
  • How does this convert to fluid power?
  • Understanding hydraulic equipment – receiver, pump, control valves, actuator, filter
    Maintenance and operation of pneumatic and hydraulic systems
  • Safety precautions when working with pneumatics and hydraulics
  • Pneumatic and hydraulic equipment in the circuit – components, symbols, layout
  • Designing and interpreting pneumatic and hydraulic circuits for everyday application

Mapped against UK- SPEC competencies: E and B

  1. Professional commitment - For Incorporated and Chartered Engineers: ‘Demonstrate a personal commitment to professional standards, recognising obligations to society, the profession and the environment’
  2. Design and development of processes, systems, services and products - For Chartered Engineers: ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to the analysis and solution of mechanical engineering problems’ For Incorporated Engineers ‘Apply appropriate theoretical and practical methods to design, develop, manufacture, construct commission, operate, maintain, decommission and re-cycle mechanical engineering processes, systems, services and products’

Meet our trainers

These trainers regularly teach Hydraulics and pneumatics: Introduction (V).

  • Matthew Laskaj

    Matthew Laskaj

    Matthew is the Chair for the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Scottish Region and director of a successful engineering and training consultancy. With more than 25 years experience in a variety of countries worldwide, he has worked in a range of industries including manufacturing, food and beverage, refining, offshore oil and gas and renewable energy.

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Available dates for Hydraulics and pneumatics: Introduction (V)

12 hour course

04 Apr 2022 09:00 - 21:00 This course has 3 virtual sessions of 5 hours each: 4, 5 & 6 April 2022 at 09:00-14:00 BST (timing includes breaks).
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