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MECH 3355 - Fluid Power 1

Mechanical Engineering Part-time Studies Course

School of Energy

Course Details

Introduces pneumatic and hydraulic power transmission systems, and their mechanical and electrical controls. Fluid power components, their symbols, function, and construction are examined, and used in the design and testing of related control circuits. Covers sizing calculations, maintenance, and troubleshooting of components and circuits.


MECH 1141 or PHYS 2164



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Discuss safety and environmental concerns in hydraulics and pneumatics. [6, 9]
  • Describe structure and identify components of typical fluid power transmission system. [1, 6, 7]
  • Describe the sources and conditioning of compressed air. [1, 5]
  • Discuss the operating principles of basic pneumatic and hydraulic components. [1, 5, 9]
  • Describe operation and control methods of flow, pressure, and directional valves. [1, 5]
  • Discuss benefits/limitations of fluid power applications in industrial/mobile systems. [2, 3, 4]
  • Describe the characteristics of hydraulic fluids. [1, 9]
  • Discuss and select pneumatic and hydraulic seals. [1, 9]
  • Interpret and use fluid power schematic symbols. [1, 5]
  • Calculate pressure and flow requirements in simple fluid power circuits. [1]
  • Calculate energy losses in fluid power circuits. [1, 4, 8]

Effective as of Fall 2018

Related Programs

MECH 3355 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Energy

  1. Mechanical Engineering
    Full-time   Bachelor of Engineering
  2. Mechanical Engineering Technology (Mechanical Design Option)
    Full-time   Diploma
  3. Mechanical Engineering Technology (Mechanical Manufacturing Option)
    Full-time   Diploma
  4. Mechatronics and Robotics
    Full-time   Diploma


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