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MECH6017 - Pneumatics

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Title:Pneumatics
Long Title:Mechatronics 1- Pneumatics
Module Code:MECH6017
 
Duration:1 Semester
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Fundamental
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2016/17 ( September 2016 )
Module Delivered in 8 programme(s)
Module Coordinator: GER KELLY
Module Author: SEAN WILLIAMS
Module Description: This module gives students an introduction to Pneumatics. It describes the operation of equipment common to pneumatic circuits, maintenance practices associated with this equipment is also examined.Pneumatic circuit design is analysed and circuits pertaining to these designs are built.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explain the working principles behind pneumatic components and systems.
LO2 Apply pneumatic circuit design methods to build a variety of pneumatic circuits.
LO3 Work as a team member during pneumatic circuit building tasks.
LO4 Explain some of the pneumatic applications evident in everyday life.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

No requirements listed
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Characteristics and Applications of Pneumatics
Pneumatics and control system development
Symbols and safety practices
Symbols and description of components, safety requirements for pneumatic systems
Components of a Pneumatics System
Pneumatic system structure
Schematic approach to Pneumatic circuits
Design of circuit diagrams, circuit layout
Valve types
Non-return valves, flow conrol valves, pressure relief valves, quick exhaust valves and combination valves
Sequential Control
Sequential Control circuit design and layout Sample circuits analysed.
Cascading circuits
Cascading circuit design and layout. Sample circuits analysed.
Directional Conrol Valves
Configuration and construction of poppet valves, spool valves, rotary valves and pilot operated valves.
Actuator and Output Devices
Single-acting cylinders, double-acting cylinders, cushioning, impact cylinder, air consumption, seals.
Installation and fitting of Pneumatic equipment
Theory of fault finding, common causes of valve failure, seal breakdown, lack of cylinder power and erratic cylinder movement.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work40.00%
End of Module Formal Examination60.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Practical/Skills Evaluation Pneumatic circuit building assessment - Basic Components 1,3 5.0 Week 3
Practical/Skills Evaluation Pneumatic circuit building assessment - Sequential Control 1,2,3 10.0 Week 6
Practical/Skills Evaluation Pneumatic circuit building assessment - Cascading 1,2,3 10.0 Week 9
Presentation Slide presentation and report featuring a Pneumatic application 1 15.0 Week 10
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End-of-Semester Final Examination 1,2 60.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Pneumatics Lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student study material covered in class and lab. 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Lecture 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Lab Pneumatics Lab 2.0 Every Week 2.00
Independent & Directed Learning (Non-contact) Student study material in class and lab 3.0 Every Week 3.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 4.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • Turner, Ian C. 2011, Engineering applications of pneumatics and hydraulics, 2nd Ed., 1 to 8, Abington, Oxon: Routledge [ISBN: 9780415502887]
  • M.Pinches & B.Callear 1996, Power Pneumatics, 1st Ed., 1-6, 9 ., Prentice Hall Eastbourne [ISBN: 0134897900]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • C.Stacey 1998, Practical Pneumatics, 1st Ed., all except 17, Newmes Oxford [ISBN: 0340662190]
  • A.Parr 1991, Hydraulics and Pneumatics - technicans and engineers guide, 2nd Ed., all, Elsevier Oxford [ISBN: 0750644192]
  • J.F. Hooper 2003, Basic Pneumatics, 1st Ed., all, Carolina Academic Press Durham, North Carolina [ISBN: 0890891192]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • E Book: Parr, E.A. 2011, Hydraulics and pneumatics: a technicians and engineers guide , Butterworth-Heinemann, Amsterdam: Boston.
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_EBIME_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EMANF_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Manufacturing Engineering 1 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_7 Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EENTE_6 Certificate in Engineering Technology 2 Elective
CR_EMTEF_6 Certificate in Maintenance Technology Fundamentals 1 Mandatory
CR_EBIME_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Biomedical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EMECH_6 Higher Certificate in Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 2 Mandatory
CR_EMECN_7 Parttime - Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering 1 Group Elective 1

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