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Using Data Acquisition In The Fluid Power Laboratory

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1999 Annual Conference


Charlotte, North Carolina

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June 20, 1999

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June 20, 1999

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June 23, 1999



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4.578.1 - 4.578.6

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R. L Alan Jordan

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Eric W. Tisdale

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Session 3663


R. L. Alan Jordan, Eric Tisdale

Dept. of Mechanical Engineering Technology Purdue University – Muncie, Indiana/ Manufacturing Engineering Technology Ball State University Muncie, Indiana

ABSTRACT: The fluid power laboratory provides many opportunities for automatic measurement of data. This paper discusses an experiment where data was acquired both manually and automatically. LabView2 software and a data acquisition card were used to collect the data automatically. Methods for collecting the data are discussed for both the manual and automatic modes. Graphs are shown for both. The results are discussed briefly. Conclusions are made on the validity of the experiment.

MET 230 FLUID POWER, the COURSE1: In the Mechanical Engineering Technology curriculum at Purdue University, sophomores take their first course in fluid power – MET 230. In the Ball State University Manufacturing Engineering Technology curriculum, this same course is ITMfg 340, which is the only fluid power course these students take. Some of the topics covered include the following: 1. Fluid properties – pressure, head, viscosity, density, specific weight, specific gravity, bulk modulus, Pascal’s principle 2. Continuity and Energy equations – steady state development and use of the conservation of mass and conservation of energy as it applies to liquids. 3. Conduit sizing and head loss – development of the equations for sizing the conduits for the hydraulic system and use of the Reynolds number and the Darcy equation for computing headloss in the system. 4. Pumps – study of various kinds of pumps from a geometry and performance perspective. 5. Actuators – study of both linear and rotary actuators. This includes the study of hydraulic motors from a geometry and performance perspective. 6. Valves – study of directional control valves, pressure control valves, flow control valves. 7. Measurement devices – study of various means of measuring the fluid parameters, as well as converting these fluid parameters into measurable signals. 8. Electrical controls and circuits – study of electrical components and how these control a hydraulic system. 9. Miscellaneous – study of seals, reservoirs and other components of a hydraulic system. 10. Introduction to pneumatic systems – an introduction to pneumatic systems is done in the last 3 weeks of the course.

Jordan, R. L. A., & Tisdale, E. W. (1999, June), Using Data Acquisition In The Fluid Power Laboratory Paper presented at 1999 Annual Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina.

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