IFPE offers college-level short courses and free seminars

IFPE’s half-day continuing education courses offer hands-on technical knowledge in hydraulics and pneumatics technologies

IFPE’s continuing education courses offer hands-on technical knowledge in hydraulics and pneumatics technologies. These half-day courses will benefit practicing engineers and others involved in design and manufacturing practices. Registration for each course is $300, or $225 per course if registering for two or more. Certificates for PDH or CEUs are available upon completion of each course.

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Monday, March 3

8:00 to 12:00 — Overview of Fluid Power Systems
Gain a thorough understanding of the fundamentals of a hydraulic system’s construction in comparison to other drive and control systems. A summary will be provided of the main components that make up a hydraulic system and how to read schematics. The presentation will close with discussion of hydraulic circuits for basic applications.
Presented by Medhat Khalil, Director of Professional Education, Milwaukee School of Engineering


1:00 to  4:00 — Sizing a Hydrostatic Transmission Using Calculations
Learn two methods of calculations used to properly size and select the pump and motor for a closed circuit transmission application. The first method is to calculate the “Power Range” of your vehicle or machine; this method is used when the final gear reduction between the motor and load is unknown or the customer wants assistance to select the final drive ratio. The second method is used when the final drive ratio is specified by the customer.
Common vehicle and machine performance requirements that will be calculated include:
• Tractive effort and vehicle speed in the normal working range.
• Drawbar pull and vehicle speed in the normal working range.
• Gradeability and vehicle speed in the normal working range.
Presented by Rod Erickson, Senior Training Specialist, Eaton Corp.

Tuesday, March 4


8:00 to 12:00 — Condition Monitoring for Hydraulic Fluids
Learn the basic concepts related to operating and maintaining real-world hydraulic systems through proper fluid selection and condition monitoring techniques. The course is divided in three parts: STLE overview, oil analysis (basics of oil analysis and justification for an oil analysis program), and hydraulic fluid selection.
Presented by James Hannon, P.E., ExxonMobil, and Robert M. Gresham, PhD, Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineeers



1:00 to 4:00 — Design, Modeling and Control of Hybrid Powertrain
With the rising oil demand and concerns on climate change, improving fuel efficiency and reducing emissions has become the main target of powertrain research for both on-road vehicles and off-road machineries. Powertrain hybridization has been widely accepted as one of the most promising solutions for addressing this issue. In a hybrid powertrain, an alternative power source (electric power or fluid power, for example) complements the internal combustion engine, to improve fuel efficiency by engine downsizing, load leveling, and regenerative braking. This short course will cover the background information, the various types of hybrid powertrain systems, different hybrid architectures, and the modeling and control of the hybrid powertrain.
Presented by Zongxuan Sun, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Minnesota.

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