BSc in Mechanical Engineering

Course Information Package

Course Unit CodeAMEE310
Course Unit Details
Number of ECTS credits allocated5
Learning Outcomes of the course unitBy the end of the course, the students should be able to:
  1. Define and Calculate the physical properties of Hydraulic fluids and explain how these properties can affect Fluid Power.
  2. Utilize basic physical law principles to explain the concepts of energy and power and derive the equations estimating these quantities in Hydraulic Systems.
  3. Calculate fluid rates, velocities, speed of hydraulic cylinder using the continuity equation and apply Bernoulli’s equation to determine the energy transfer within a hydraulic system.
  4. Explain the significance of Reynolds number and how it can be used to distinguish between Laminar and Turbulent flow.
  5. Define types of pumps (gear, vane, and piston), describe their pumping action and explain their operation.
  6. Explain the function and use of pneumatic components and solve problems related to Directional Control Valves, Regulators, Excess Flow and Sequence Valves.
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Recommended optional program componentsNONE
Course Contents·  Pumps: Distinguish between positive displacement and non-positive displacement pumps.
·  Fluids: Describe the primary functions of a fluid design.
Hydraulics: Differentiate between hydraulic energy and hydraulic power
·  Friction losses: Calculate friction losses in hydraulic systems, Hydraulic Cylinders, motors, Pumps, Valves, Actuators, Hydraulic Circuit Design and Analysis (Circuits and sizing of Hydraulic Components, symbols)
·  Pneumatics: Describe the important considerations that must be taken into account when analyzing or designing a pneumatic circuit Compressors, Directional Control Valves, Regulators, Excess Flow Valves, Sequence Valves
  Sizing of Pneumatic systems, Air Preparation
·  Laboratory Work: carried out experiments on both hydraulics and pneumatics 
Recommended and/or required reading:
  • Anthony Esposito, “Fluid Power with Applications”, Fourth Edition, Prentice Hall 2003
  • Michael J. Pinches, “Power Pneumatics”, Prentice Hall 1996
  • Andrew Parr, “Hydraulics and Pneumatics: A Technician’s and Engineer’s Guide”, 1999
  • Ian C. Turner, “Engineering Applications of Pneumatics and Hydraulics”, Pearson 1995
  • Munson, Young & Okiishi, “Fundamentals of Fluid Mechanics”, third edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1988.
  • James E. Johnson, “Hydraulics for Engineering Technology”, Prentice Hall 1996.
  • Jay. F. Hooper, “Basic Pneumatics. An introduction t industrial compressed air systems and components”, Carolina Academic Press 1999
Planned learning activities and teaching methods

Most part of course is delivered to the students by means of lectures, conducted with the help of power point presentations and hand notes. Lecture notes and presentations are available through the web (extranet) for students to use in combination with the textbooks.

Assessment methods and criteria
Laboratory work10%
Final Exam60%
Language of instructionEnglish
Work placement(s)NO