Fundamentals of Fluid Power

Fluid power has the highest power density of all conventional power-transmission technologies. Learn the benefits and limitations of fluid power, how to analyze fluid power components and circuits, and how to design and simulate fluid power circuits for applications.

About The Course

In this course, you will be introduced to the fundamental principles and analytical modeling of fluid power components, circuits, and systems.

You will learn the benefits and limitations of fluid power compared with other power transmission technologies;  the operation, use, and symbols of common hydraulic components; how to formulate and analyze models of hydraulic components and circuits; and how to design and predict the performance of fluid power circuits.

This course is supported by the National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Compact and Efficient Fluid Power, and is endorsed by the National Fluid Power Association, the leading industry trade group in fluid power.


Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a certificate offered?

Yes, there will be a Statement of Accomplishment offered for this course. Signature track is available.

Who should take this course?

New engineering hires at a company that uses (or wants to use) fluid power. Engineering graduate students engaged in a research project that uses fluid power. Engineering undergraduate students who wish to be exposed to fluid power. Anyone with a curiosity who wishes to gain a deeper understanding about how fluid power systems work.

Recommended Background

  • Undergraduate physics (required)
  • Ordinary differential equations (required)
  • Fluid dynamics (helpful but not necessary)
  • System dynamics and controls (helpful but not necessary)