FLPW2360 Pneumatic Specialist Certification Review

This course is designed to prepare and review for the national Pneumatic Specialist Certification test. There will be a study guide with many practice problems to solve along with lecture time. It is intended for an individual who has two years of technical training or adequate industrial experience and/or mechanical engineering background. Areas to be covered will include individual hydraulic and pneumatic components, air logic, proportional and servo valves, physics, circuit design, troubleshooting, instrumentation, sound measurement, electricity and conductors.





Course Requirements and Evaluation

Refer to Course Syllabus for detailed information regarding the requirements and evaluation standards for this course. The Course Syllabus will be distributed the first week of the course.

Learning Outcomes

The following goals will be addressed in the course.
Solves horsepower formulas for torque, speed, and horsepower of air motor connected through a reduction system to a conveyor.
Solves for bending moment on a cylinder bushing from stroke, mechanical advantage, and side load on the rod.
Computes bore diameter and pressure for a cylinder to move loads with a friction factor.
Computes cylinder bore diameter and pressure to operate various applications.
Solves for pressure and suction area to provide required lifting force using vacuum cups.
Converts pressure readings between inches of water (H2O) and inches of mercury (in. Hg).
Uses manufacturer`s graphs and formulas to determine CFM requirements for an air motor.
Predicts operation of a pneumatic system by tracing path of air flowing through circuits when various commands are given.
Selects appropriate solution to control air cylinder velocity.
Selects location of various components in a circuit to achieve cylinder sequence and deceleration functions.
Selects conductor sizes from application charts given pressure, flow delivery, and line length.
Uses formulas to size air receivers to perform various functions.
Identifies most and least important safety considerations in the design of an air circuit.
Recognizes advantages and disadvantages of single-acting and double-acting cylinders.
Computes CFM and SCFM air flow to power an air cylinder with extension and retraction forces and times specified.
Calculates oil flow rate and pressure from a pneumatic intensifier.
Calculates kinetic energy to stop a load with a shock absorber.
Recognizes characteristics of stop tubes and cushioning devices.
Calculates Cv for an air valve from pressure, flow, and temperature conditions to size a directional control valve for a cylinder or motor circuit.
Recognizes that the critical (sonic) velocity through an orifice is reached when the downstream pressure is 53% of the upstream pressure, and at the critical velocity, increasing p1, will not increase air flow.
Calculates compressor delivery capacity from system requirement, pressure, and duty cycle.
Recognizes operational characteristics of relieving and non-relieving regulators.
Recognizes operational characteristics of various types of vacuum generators.
Computes operational characteristics of a position feedback circuit.
Uses Ohm`s Law and Kirchoff`s Law to solve series-parallel circuits for voltage, current, and resistance.
Determines cycle characteristics for Pulse Width Modulated (PWM) pressure control valve.
Analyzes logic control circuit for output signal.
Computes current output from pressure transducer signal and transducer characteristics.
Computes resolution for digital linear transducers from characteristics of signal input.
Matches appropriate wiring arrangements between PLC`s and directional control valves.

Text and References

A list of textbooks required for this course is available at the bookstore.

Course Scheduling

The scheduled hours of instruction include sixteen hours for each lecture credit, thirty two hours for each lab credit and forty hours for each credit of supervised occupational experience (SOE). Lecture credit may include formal or impromptu lectures, demonstrations or discussions with the entire class or with small groups or individuals. Refer to the Credit Details section of this course outline for the credit breakdown.

Accommodations Statement

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Credit Details