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Topic in Depth - Fluid Power (8)

Hydraulics and pneumatics are both forms of fluid power, a common means of driving and controlling mechanical motions. It is one of the three kinds of power, with mechanical and electrical. Fluid power systems are widely used in most machinery, such as automobiles and construction equipment.


 
For Students of All Ages
 
The National Fluid Power Association has an excellent introduction to the topic in fluid power, which includes a general overview and descriptions of over 20 practical applications. It also looks at the current state of fluid power technology and how it has progressed in recent years.

 
Fluid Power Textbook
 
A more detailed discussion of fluid power principles and how hydraulic and pneumatic devices operate, Integrated Publishing offers twelve chapters of material, complete with diagrams. The text was "intended as a basic reference for all Navy personnel whose duties require them to have a knowledge of the fundamentals...

 
Fluid Power Journal
 
Ten times a year, the International Fluid Power Society publishes a journal with articles about industry news, trends, research, and events. With each regular issue, there is a product spotlight supplement and four directory issues are offered each year. On the site, there is an archive with issues from the last two...

 
Institute of Hydraulics and Automation (IHA)
 
The Institute of Hydraulics and Automation, located at the University of Tampere in Finland, has a very active research program with many focus areas. Digital and water hydraulics, condition control, and virtual technologies are all investigated at the institute, and project descriptions in each of these areas are...

 
HOPSAN - An Integrated Simulation Environment for Simulation of Fluid Power Systems
 
The Division of Fluid Power Technology at Linköping University in Sweden has developed a digital simulation tool for fluid power system design. Called HOPSAN, the software can be freely downloaded from the Web site to run on the Windows operating system. This page has some screen shots of the software along with ...

 
Water-Hydraulic Vehicle Built by Purdue Students
 
Students at Purdue University have built "what is thought to be the first vehicle that uses water in all of its hydraulic systems." This article highlights the students' achievement, considers the rationale behind this original design, and discusses research in hydrostatic bearings at the University.

 
Introduction to Pneumatics CoursePDF
 
This curriculum, endorsed by the Fluid Power Education Foundation, provides a comprehensive and hands-on introduction to pneumatics and fluid power capabilities. It includes sixteen experiments that can be performed on any one of the several classroom laboratory equipment trainers listed on this website.

 
Online Training Module in Fluid Power
 
This link introduces the concept of online training in the Industrial Technology field. Currently these modules are used for workforce development and add great value in today's busy workforce. The subject areas covered include: motor controls, programmable logic controllers, industrial hydraulics, and industrial...


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