Course Outline in accordance with the principles of HQAA: 
Aim: 

Hydraulic and/or Pneumatic actuating systems can be found in all modern industrial facilities that require power enforcement. Pneumatic positioning systems can be found in food industry due to their “clean” nature and their low maintenance cost whereas hydraulics can be used in applications that demand large forces. The understanding of all operation principles of such systems is a critical issue for a control engineer. In addition to this, the module aims to establish a strong knowledge background in the field so that all multiple devices and available in the market equipment, will be presented thoroughly and examples of circuitry and implementations will be provided. The basic target of controlling the position of actuators of both categories, is going to be categorized and then detailed explained with multiple control methods applied.

Description / Outline: 
The contents of the module are summarized as follows:
  • All pneumatic operation principles and air fluid power analysis
  • Pneumatic devices and gear (cylinders, valves, sensors, tubing, etc) and their extensive operation principles
  • Dynamic analysis of piston stroke, mathematical equations and modelling
  • Combined Pneumatic circuits with multiple applications, examples in the real world and in simulation
  • Introduction to electrical signal use in pneumatic systems
  • Closed loop control methods (classical and modern) applied to the pneumatic system for accurate piston position control
  • All Hydraulic operation principles and oil fluid power analysis
  • Hydraulic devices and gear (cylinders, valves, sensors, piping, etc) and their extensive operation principles
  • Dynamic analysis of piston stroke, mathematical equations and modelling
  • Introduction to electrical driven hydraulics systems and applications
  • Complex Hydraulics circuits with multiple applications, examples in the real world and in simulation.  
  • Position control methods applied to the hydraulics system for accurate piston position control