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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Pneumatics and Hydraulics
Module Code MM232
School School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Micheal Cairns
Semester 2: Micheal Cairns
Autumn: Brian Corcoran
Module TeachersPaul Young
Brian Corcoran
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Repeat examination

To provide knowledge of pneumatic, hydraulic and PLC systems. To analyse compressors, hydraulic power packs, and distribution networks, directional control valves, signal valves and actuators. Introduction to PLC systems and control of circuits.

Learning Outcomes

1. Analyse and solve a range of Pneumatic and Hydraulic problems
2. Build pneumatic circuits using a range of standard pneumatic components
3. Describe factors to be considered when designing pneumatic and hydraulic circuits
4. Specify air treatment equipment and hydraulic power packs
5. Design simple programmes to control the operation of pneumatic circuits
6. Programme a standard PLC and test/fault find

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Laboratory4Circuit design, building and testing
Tutorial12Tutorials to compliment lecture notes
Lecture24Weekly lectures on Pneumatics and Control
Independent Study85Including report writing, research and lecture review
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Reciprocating compressors and effect of clearance volume

Psychometry, compressed air drying and air distribution

Pneumatic circuit components, symbols and circuit design

Cascade systems and sequential control

Hydraulic system components, symbols and circuit design

Hydraulic fluids contamination control and filters

Hydraulic system maintenance

Introduction to PLC,s

Programming of PLC,s

Worked Examples of circuits and programs

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment25% Examination Weight75%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Group laboratoryEach group will complete 2 lab assignments25%Once per semester
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • T. D. Eastop, A. McConkey: 0, Applied thermodynamics for engineering technologists, 0-582-09193-4
  • Bolton: 2003, Programmable Logic Controllers, 3rd, Newnes, 0-7506-5986-6
  • Parr: 1998, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, 2nd, Butterworth, 0-7506-4419-2
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
CAMB.Eng. Mechanical & Manufacturing Eng
ECSAStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
ECSAOStudy Abroad (Engineering & Computing)
HDEATH.Dip Engineering Analysis & Technology
MEB.Eng. in Mechatronic Engineering
SSEBEng in Mechanical & Sustainability Eng
Date of Last Revision06-JAN-06

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