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Fundamental Hydraulic Theory and Maintenance

3 Day Training

Dates: 13 – 15 May | 17 – 19 July 2024
Locations: Johannesburg, South Africa
Platform: Available In-Class / Online

Price: Available on request

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Course Introduction

Our Fundamental Hydraulic Theory and Maintenance course is designed to equip delegates with the basic foundation knowledge and building blocks that underpin all hydraulic systems. On completion of the course, delegates will receive a broad-base knowledge of hydraulic equipment and will be able to identify symbols and components used in schematic drawings. They will also understand the importance of cleanliness levels, good safety practices and best practices in fault finding techniques and procedures to reduce costly downtime. The course also provides delegates with a greater working expertise and understanding of fluid power systems.

Course Objectives

  • How the basic hydraulic theories are applied in practice

  • The importance of good hydraulic filtration techniques

  • The operation of pressure, flow and directional control valves and the applications in hydraulic circuits

  • Hydraulic pumps and motors and the control thereof

  • Hydraulic cylinder construction and good sealing practices

  • Basics of Fluid Power connectors and hose assemblies, good practice techniques and the different threads found in hydraulics

  • The basics of hydraulic circuit applications

  • The different types of hydraulic control systems and the effect on energy usage

  • Maintenance and troubleshooting techniques

Who should attend?

Those involved in troubleshooting industrial hydraulic equipment at industrial plants, utilities or commercial and private building facilities.

People who will benefit from attending this course include:

  • Plant Managers

  • Maintenance Managers & Personnel

  • Filtration, Maintenance & Design Engineers

  • Millwrights, Pipe Fitters, Plumbers, Mechanics, Machinery Maintenance Mechanics and Electromechanical Repair Technicians

  • If you are responsible for the ongoing operation of a fluid-power system, or if you manage or train workers who are. This course can show you what you need to know to keep the systems up and running.

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Training Methodology

Our diverse instructional approaches ensure effective learning:

– Lectures & Presentations: Engage with expert-driven, stimulating content.
– Course Material: Access well-crafted supporting resources.
– Group Work: Collaborate on discussions and case studies for practical insights.
– Workshops & Role-Play: Participate in immersive, scenario-based activities.
– Practical Application: Focus on applying theoretical knowledge in real situations.
– Post-Training Support: Receive extensive support after training for skill implementation.

Training Outline

Basic Hydraulic Theory and Principles 

  • Basic hydraulic theory and physical principles

    • Hydrostatics

    • Hydrodynamics

  • Hydraulic Fundamentals

  • Liquid Characteristics

  • Transmission of Hydraulic Force

  • Pressure

  • Head pressure

  • Flow

  • Friction

  • Volume

  • Capacity

  • Velocity

  • Flow Rate

  • Heaters and Coolers

  • Speed

  • Mechanical Advantage

  • Advantages and Disadvantages of Hydraulic Systems

  • Design of a hydraulic system

  • Comparison of the different energy transfer systems

Basics of Hydraulic Circuit Diagrams      

  • Definition and purpose of Hydraulic circuit diagram symbols

  • Important Hydraulic circuit diagram symbols

    • Hydraulic Pumps and Motors

    • Directional Control Valves

    • Methods of Actuation

    • Pressure Valves

    • Flow Control Valves

    • Non-Return Valles

    • Cylinders

    • Transfer of Energy Symbols

    • Measuring Devices

    • Combination Devices

    • Circuit Diagram Tables

    • Function Diagrams

  • Interpreting Diagrams

  • SI units typically used in hydraulics

Basic Hydraulic Theory and Physical Principles    

  • Principles of hydraulic systems

  • Power transmission

  • Pascal’s Law

  • The hydraulic lever principle

  • Applying these theories to a hydraulic cylinder

  • Applications for Hydraulics

Hydraulic Fluid        

  • Introduction to Hydraulic Fluids

  • Types of hydraulic Flow

  • Calculation of Hydraulic pump and motor displacement

  • Flow Rate

Day 2

Fluid Power Connectors and Filtration 

  • Basics of Fluid Power connectors and hose assemblies

  • Different threads found in hydraulics

  • Hydraulic filtration and cleanliness control

  • The importance of good hydraulic filtration techniques

Control, Check, Pressure and Flow Valves              

  • Directional control valves

  • Check valves

  • The different types of hydraulic control systems and the effect on energy usage

Practice and Control of Hydraulic Systems            

  • Pressure control valves

    • Pressure Relief Valves

    • Pressure Reducing valve

    • Sequence Valve

    • Over-centre valves

  • Flow control valves

    • Slip in cartridge valves

    • Manifold Block

    • Cartridge Valves

    • Cover Plates

    • Pilot Valves

    • Directional control valve

  • Proportional Valves

    • Directional Control Valves

    • Proportional Valves

    • Servo Valves

Day 3

Valves and Synchronization of Cylinders                

  • Basic operation of hydraulic gear pumps and other fixed displacement pumps

  • Synchronization of Cylinders

  • Accumulators

  • Hydraulic circuit diagrams and application

  • Discussion on maintenance and troubleshooting techniques

Safety in the Hydraulics Workshop        

  • Working with Hydraulic Oils

  • Working with Hydraulic Systems

  • Lighting and Ventilation

  • Hydraulics Maintenance

  • Don’t mix components from different manufacturers

  • Risk Assessment

  • Protective clothing

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