Educational Webinars

Here are supplemental materials available for student teams to download and review to learn more about fluid power as it relates to this program.

For additional educational videos to use in teaching fluid power, scroll to the bottom of this page under the Educational Video Library


Safety Video (Mandatory)
Duration: 30 minutes

Fluid power safety is of the utmost importance. All program participants are required to watch this video on fluid power safety.

Objectives

  • Personal Safety
  • Lab Safety
  • Equipment Safety
  • Chemical Safety
  • Design Safety

Safety Video


Sizing Components Webinar (Mandatory)
Duration: 60 minutes

Objectives

  • Calculate the pull of the vehicle
  • Calculate the torque of the drive wheel
  • Determine your system pressure (PSI)
  • Size the drive motor for cubic inches per revolution (CIR)
  • Calculate wheel RPM
  • Calculate GPM (gallons per minute)
  • Calculate HP (Horsepower)
  • Size the hydraulic lines
  • Size the pump

Sizing Components Webinar

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Testing Efficiency Webinar (Mandatory)
Duration: 25 minutes

Objectives

  • List of necessary equipment needed for testing
  • Schematics and formulas for calculating:
    • Volumetric, Mechanical, and overall efficiency
  • Show pictures of setups and testing

Testing Efficiency Webinar


Mounts & Case Drains Webinar (Mandatory)
Duration: 25 minutes

Objectives

  • Identify different pump mounts
  • Understand when to use case drains

*Note: Refer to the Lightening Reference Handbook

Mounts & Case Drains Video


Introduction to Fluid Power (Optional)
Duration: 45 minutes

Objectives

  • Define fluid power systems
  • Compare hydraulic and pneumatic systems
  • Basic fluid power devices and their associated schematics
  • Identify critical fluid power properties, pressure, flow rate, and valve position
  • Discuss how these properties must be controlled and measured by a fluid power system to control the strength, speed, and direction of resultant mechanical output.

Introduction to Fluid Power Systems Video


Tube Flaring, Bending and Assembly (Optional)

Duration: 50 minutes

Objectives

  • Comparison of tubing and hoses
  • Necessary equipment
  • Flaring Procedures
  • Tube Bending
  • Relevant Calculation

Tube Flaring, Bending and Assembly


How and Why to Get Certified in Fluid Power (Optional)
Duration: 30 minutes

Objectives

  • Background of the International Fluid Power Society (IFPS)
  • Hydraulic Specialist Certification
  • Pneumatic Specialist Certification
  • Master Certification Pathways
  • How certifications enhance your career
  • How to Get Certified
  • The Cost of Certification

Certification Video


Fundamentals of Fluid Power  (Optional)
Duration: Varies

Objectives

  • Benefits and limitations of fluid power compared with other power transmission technologies
  • Operation, use and symbols of common hydraulic components
  • How to formulate and analyze models of hydraulic components and circuits
  • How to design and predict the performance of fluid power circuits

Fundamentals of Fluid Power Webinar


Additional Resources:

The International Fluid Power Society (IFPS) released new version of the Fluid Power Reference Handbook, a resource for hydraulic, pneumatic and motion control professionals. This handbook is a well-known industry resource that not only helps current professionals but also future fluid power professionals. Learn more at IFPS.org

CCEFP Webinar Series

The CCEFP Webinar Series is a monthly forum highlighting fluid power research topics from universities across the country.


Educational Video Library 

To help educators across the country access more virtual fluid power content to use in the classroom, we are now sharing videos of real-life examples of various fluid power technologies from NFPA member companies and fellow educator partners.  

These videos are free to use for educational purposes. This is a great opportunity for students to learn about the realm of fluid power technologies and the different career path opportunities. This can also help students become familiar with how specific products work while also starting to learn about the individual companies in the industry so that they are more educated about where to look for internships/jobs, and even when making purchasing decisions once they’re in the workforce.  If you have an educational video that you feel would be beneficial to students learning about fluid power, please send them to Amy Zignego at NFPA for consideration.

Impact of Fluid Power Industry – NFPA

Description of the fluid power industry, economic impact and reasons to study it.

Hydraulic Hose – Gates Corp

Description of hose construction and manufacturing

Hydraulic Cylinders – Ametek 

Design considerations for hydraulic cylinders

Hydraulic Cylinders – Ametek

Magnetostrictive technology

Accumulators – Turner Hydraulics 

Accumulators charging

Automation – Hydraforce

Video of recent automation projects

Fittings – Hydraforce 

Installation video

Manifolds – Hydraforce 

Manifold assembly 

PLC Programming – Murray State University

How to program Allen Bradley ControlLogix 5000 PLCs. How to establish an ethernet, ethernet IP, and virtual communication using RSLinx.

HMI Programming – Murray State University 

How to create a very simple HMI Video and demonstrate how to connect the HMI program to a PLC.

Studio 5000: Simple Project 1 – The Seal-In with Mulitple Permissives – Murray State University 

Program designed to seal in a motor when the start button is pressed. The motor will remain running even when the operator is not pressing the start button. The start button is normally open. The normally closed Estop, the normally open over-speed switch, and the normally closed Line Estop will all stop the motor.