FLPW1150 Pneumatic Components

This course is the study of the function and application of air compressors, vacuum pumps, air motors, cylinders, limited rotation actuators, directional valves, pressure and flow control valves used in industrial systems today. Various compressor designs will be discussed and inspected for wear. Students will use precision measuring tools and identify overhaul procedures for various components. The pneumatic power circuit and the how to test an operating system will be covered. Persons involved with machine design, drafting, maintenance, production, automation, packaging, plastics and engineering technologies should consider this course.





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 outcomes will be addressed in the course:
Convert metric units.
Calculate absolute pressure problems.
Calculate absolute temperature problems.
Solve hydraulic system problems.
Solve pneumatic system problems.
Define Charles law.
Define Boyles law.
Calculate Charles law.
Calculate Boyles law.
Demonstrate shop safety practices.
Use precision measuring tools.
Use manufacturer`s catalog.
Review pneumatic principles.
Describe positive displacement compressors.
Describe non-positive displacement compressors.
Determine positive displacement compressor characteristics.
Determine compressor control characteristics.
Determine safety control characteristics.
Describe compressor failures.
Test compressor performance.
Describe air distribution systems.
Service air compressor system.
Explain vacuum principles.
Describe vacuum measurement.
Explain vacuum system applications.
List vacuum systems hazards.
Describe mechanical vacuum pumps.
Describe diffusion vacuum pumps.
Determine vacuum pump characteristics.
Test vacuum pumps.
Describe vacuum safety equipment.
Describe vacuum distribution system.
Determine system selection factors.
Service vacuum system.
Describe linear actuator forces.
Determine cylinder selection factors.
Describe torque.
Determine rotary motor selection factors.
Determine rotary motor horsepower.
Size linear cylinder.
Size rotary motor.
Determine rodless cylinder applications.
Determine limited rotation applications.
Determine actuator failures.
Determine actuator repair practices.
Test pneumatic actuators.
Identify pneumatic valve symbols.
Apply pneumatic monitoring devices.
Describe directional control valves.
Explain Cv factors.
Determine directional control valve characteristics.
Test various directional control valves.
Determine directional control valve selection factors.
Describe flow control valves.
Determine flow control valve characteristics.
Determine flow control valve selection factors.
Describe pressure control valves.
Determine pressure control valve characteristics.
Determine pressure control valve selection factors.
Review air distribution systems.
Describe pneumatic principles.
Describe water cooled aftercoolers.
Service water cooled aftercoolers.
Describe refrigerated dryers.
Describe chemical dryers.
Service chemical dryers.
Describe heatless regenerative dryer.
Describe air filter characteristics.
Describe air lubrication characteristics.
Service air preparation equipment.
Select air preparation devices.

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

Disability Services assists students with disabilities who need accommodations to access programs, services and college activities.  If this applies to you, please contact the DS Office on your campus to initiate the accommodations process. 
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Credit Details