Series 300: Mechanical Systems
Course 309: Basic Pneumatics
Covers how work, force, and energy are applied to principles of pneumatics. Shows operating principles of reciprocating, positive displacement, rotary, and dynamic air compressors. Covers primary and secondary air treatment. Includes valves, logic devices, cylinders, and air motors.
TPC Training Systems is authorized by IACET to offer 1.0 CEUs for this program.
Lesson 1 - Pneumatic Principles
Fluid power systems; Force, weight, and mass; Pressure; Work and energy; Diffusion and dispersion; Compressibility; Laws of pneumatics; Leverage; Air properties and flow; Bernoulli's Law; Components
- Explain how force is transmitted in a pneumatic system.
- Calculate force and work.
- List two factors that affect the results of pressure calculations.
- Explain pneumatic leverage.
- Briefly explain the physical laws affecting the behavior of a confined gas.
Lesson 2 - Reciprocating Compressors
Compressor construction, classification, and operation; Single-, double-acting compressors; Cooling requirements; Lubrication; Controls
- Differentiate between a positive-displacement compressor and a dynamic compressor.
- Describe the operation of a reciprocating compressor.
- List one advantage of using a multistage compressor.
- Identify the cooling arrangements for reciprocating compressors.
- Compare the operation of compressor controls in large and small units.
Lesson 3 - Rotary Compressors
Vane, rotary-screw, low-pressure, high-volume, diaphragm, centrifugal, and axial-flow compressors; Compressor capacity; Accessories
- Compare the power output of a single-stage vs a two-stage vane compressor.
- Describe the main types of positive-displacement rotary air compressors.
- Explain the advantages and disadvantages of both types of dynamic compressors.
- Describe four methods of controlling centrifugal compressor output.
- Tell how to compensate for a low-speed drive in rotary screw compressors.
Lesson 4 - Primary Air Treatment
Preliminary filtering; Relative humidity; Effects of moisture; Moisture separators; Oil scrubbers; Air dryers and receivers; Using a nomograph
- Describe techniques for cleaning compressor filters.
- Define relative humidity and dew point.
- Explain the effects of temperature and pressure on the air's ability to hold moisture.
- Describe aftercooler operation.
- Explain the functions of separators, oil scrubbers, and air dryers.
Lesson 5 - Secondary Air Treatment
Contaminant separation and filtration; Filter classification and rating; Surface, depth, adsorption, and absorption filters; Lubricating the air
- Describe the two main methods of contaminant separation.
- Explain how filters are classified.
- List contaminant particle sizes and particle contamination categories as they occur in filters.
- List applications for the most common types of filter media.
- Identify system location for lubrication equipment installation.
Lesson 6 - Piping, Hoses, and Fittings
Piping requirements and dimensions; Safety; Connections; Metallic tubing; Tube bending, fittings, and installation; Hoses, fittings, and installation
- State the importance of laminar flow.
- List the factors that affect pressure loss in a pipe.
- State direction and amount of slope for compressor discharge pipes.
- Discuss procedures for pipe, tube, and hose installation.
- Describe safe working procedures for disconnecting air hoses.
Lesson 7 - Directional Control Valves
Manually and automatically operated valves; Control valve elements: spools, poppets, disks, and plates; Two-, three-, four-, and five-way valves; Accessories
- Describe the four methods of identifying control valves.
- List four basic types of manually operated, two-way valves.
- Describe the operation of a two-position, direct acting, normally closed solenoid valve.
- Explain one major advantage of using a four-way valve.
- Describe the construction of a three-way valve.
Lesson 8 - Pressure-Control Valves
Safety vs relief valves; Relief valve construction; Pressure regulators; Pilot-operated, remote-controlled regulators; Logic functions
- List two ways a valve can control compressor pressure output.
- Describe construction of two basic types of pressure-relief valves.
- Contrast a pressure regulator with a pressure-relief valve.
- State the limit imposed by Federal Law on the pressure allowed when an air hose is used to blow off chips.
Lesson 9 - Pneumatic Cylinders
Double-, single-acting cylinders; Two-piston cylinders; Cylinder construction, mounting, and selection; Performance charts; Cushioning
- Tell the difference between pneumatic and hydraulic cylinders.
- Describe the construction and operation of a single-acting cylinder.
- State the purpose of an exhaust flow control metering valve.
- Describe the action of a pivoted cylinder.
- Explain the size relationship between a cylinder port and a valve port.
Lesson 10 - Pneumatic Motors and Rotary Actuators
Motor rating; Selection factors: pressure, speed, torque, horsepower, reliability, and service life; Rotary vane and piston motors; Air boosters
- Explain pneumatic motor classification.
- Define torque.
- Describe pneumatic motor construction.
- Calculate a motor's horsepower, given its torque and speed.
- Differentiate between a pneumatic motor and a rotary actuator.